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State Senate Panel Votes to Keep Arizona State Parks Board

A bill introduced in the state legislature proposed scrapping the Arizona Parks Board and handing power over to its director. Now, a Senate panel has voted to keep the board intact. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

The original bill proposed doing away with several state boards and committees its sponsor says are outdated and rarely convene. It was passed in the House last month.

But the Senate Government Committee amended the legislation Wednesday to keep the Parks Board. The citizen group oversees more than 30 Arizona parks and natural areas, and many worried doing away with it would limit public oversight and transparency.

The Senate’s move follows allegations that the State Parks director, Sue Black, made inappropriate comments and berated staff. An investigation cleared her, but Gov. Doug Ducey’s office says it’ll work with Black on management issues.

The six-member State Parks Board is made up of volunteers and was founded in 1957. 

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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