Leasing lodging and golf courses

http://www.alapark.com/ / Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

A Senate committee has sent a bill to the floor that could allow private operators to lease lodging facilities and golf courses within 12 state parks.

The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved the bill 8-2 Wednesday.

It would allow the Department of Conservation to generate and control the leases. State parks are supported by visitor fees. While some parks pay for themselves, others lose millions of dollars each year. Supporters say the bill could turn those numbers around.