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Wed May 6, 2009
Mich. Senate panel OKs change in state park fees
Lansing, MI – Lansing, MI (AP) - A Michigan Senate panel has voted to eliminate entrance fees for state parks and instead give motorists the option of paying $10 more in annual vehicle registration fees.
It now costs $6 daily and $24 annually to use state parks.
Vehicle stickers would disappear under legislation approved Wednesday by the Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee.
A Michigan license plate would provide unlimited access to parks.
Random checks against vehicle registrations could lead to fines against visitors who hadn't paid the $10.
Supporters say the change would be a good deal for residents and boost funding for parks in desperate need of maintenance.
A House committee is expected to pass the plan Thursday, though it may hit resistance in the full Legislature.