Lawmakers voice support for amendment to protect parks

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HARTFORD — A bipartisan group of legislators is voicing support for a proposed state constitutional amendment that would make it more difficult to sell off Connecticut's forests and parks.

The proposed amendment would require a local public hearing on any land conveyance legislation and a large majority of legislative approval. Current law allows the General Assembly to pass legislation that conveys public lands.

Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., of Branford, said Wednesday at a news conference that he favors efforts to create alternative funding streams for state parks and forests.

Kennedy, the co-chairman of the Environment Committee, says funding state parks is often cut first when there's a budget crisis.

A public hearing on the legislation is planned for March 14.

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