Some of California state parks that faced closure when the governor announced budget cuts last year might be saved with a new bill passed by California lawmakers.
The bill would also prohibit the department from closing or proposing closure of state parks in the next two years.
In July, parks Director Ruth Coleman stepped down along with a chief deputy amid questions about the department's funds when the large surplus was found. Many parks were threatened to close or struggled to stay open because of slashes to the California budget.
But it will be good news for the parks if Brown signs AB 1478, as $20.5 million would be given to the parks department.
Palomar has been able to fundraise in order to keep the park staffed. But the passage of AB 1478 would ensure that the park could stay open for a few more years.
Other legislation is also aimed to help the parks. Assembly Bill 1589 would require the parks and recreation department to create and implement a plan to increase park revenue and collection of used fees.
Both bills awaits a signature from the governor, who has until the end of the month to make his decision.