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Legislature OKs Bills for Park Upkeep, Free 5th Grader Entry

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Nevada lawmakers are sending Gov. Brian Sandoval two bills aimed at maintaining and promoting state parks, including a measure to waive entry fees for fifth-graders.
    
Park officials say providing the free annual passes would have no fiscal effect.
    
Assembly Bill 385 is promoted as a way to get families outdoors.
    
Senators approved it unanimously Tuesday along with a measure to speed up funding for the Nevada Division of State Parks to catch up on a maintenance backlog.
    
The division can currently access only $64,000 annually of the $14.5 million set aside in 2009 for the park fix-ups.
    
Administrator Eric Johnson says that's not enough to address the need. Spokeswoman JoAnn Kittrell says the backlog totals $17 million statewide.
    
Assembly Bill 490 would let Johnson draw $2 million a year from existing funds.

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