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Legislation Would Dissolve Arizona State Parks Board

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A bill in the Arizona legislature would abolish several state boards and committees related to conservation and public lands. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Arizona State Parks Board would be among those cut. 

HB 2369 would dissolve the seven-member volunteer board that manages more than 30 state parks and natural areas. The bill would turn the board’s responsibilities over to the State Parks director who serves under Governor Doug Ducey.

The bill’s sponsor, Pinal County Republican T.J. Shope, says it’s part of a streamlining process to eliminate outdated state commissions. But some environmental and citizen groups worry the bill would limit public oversight and transparency.

The bill was passed by the House and is now under consideration in the Senate.

The State Parks Board oversees Red Rock State Park in Sedona, and the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park near Yarnell, among others.

Ryan Heinsius joined the KNAU newsroom as executive producer in 2013 and was named news director and managing editor in 2024. As a reporter, he has covered a broad range of stories from local, state and tribal politics to education, economy, energy and public lands issues, and frequently interviews internationally known and regional musicians. Ryan is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Public Media Journalists Association Award winner, and a frequent contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and national newscast.
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