Alabama State Representative Randy Davis (Republican-96) wrote an editorial for The Huntsville Times “Alabama must keep its Forever Wild law” (no link available yet):
…there is one piece of legislation that all Republicans and Democrats alike should commit to pass early this session. The Forever Wild program was approved in 1992 with an overwhelming majority of 84 percent of Alabamians voting in support of its creation. It’s even more popular today, but… the funding will sunset in 2012 unless reauthorized by the Legislature.
…These lands not only provide opportunities for all Alabamians to enjoy our great outdoors, but also create a significant impact on the local economies where these lands are located.
…This program generates significant economic development and tourism in Alabama that results in new jobs and increased revenue… This makes Forever Wild, by far, a net positive when it comes to our state budget and the creation of new jobs for Alabamians.
Davis is sponsoring the Forever Wild law in its current form (“as is”) in the State House, joined by State Senator Scott Beason (Republican-17) in the Senate. The “as is” part is important – last year some legislators wanted to raid the fund for road construction.
Protect Forever Wild is an organization working to pass the Forever Wild law:
Created in 1992 by a constitutional referendum that garnered 83 percent of the vote, Forever Wild is a program dedicated to preserving Alabama’s most beautiful and environmentally sensitive land, all while expanding the recreational opportunities available to the public.
Forever Wild keeps our water and air clean, protects our wildlife, and helps ensure that our children will have the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of our beautiful state.
I urge every member the Republican caucus to vote to reauthorize the Forever Wild law “as is”. It’s the right thing to do…