HARTFORD – State Representative Melissa Ziobron joined Executive Director of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association Eric Hammerling to announce support for the newly launched passport to parks program and a constitutional amendment to protect state lands.
The passport to parks program, spearheaded by Rep. Ziobron, is funded by a $10 charge to vehicle registration fees was and allows for free parking at state parks for Connecticut residents
To protect open lands, Rep. Ziobron announced support for Senate Joint Resolution 35 ‘Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the State Constitution to Protect Real Property Held or Controlled by the State’. The resolution would protect public lands held by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture, it would require public hearings and a two-thirds vote by the legislature before the state could sell or swap lands.
The resolution received a unanimous vote from the Government Administration and Elections Committee on March 23rd and is headed to the full House and Senate for a vote. If three-fourths of the legislature votes for the resolution the proposed amendment would be a ballot question in the November election.
For more information or to track the resolution’s progress visit www.cga.ct.gov.