Section 9-14A-2

Legislative findings.

The Legislature hereby finds and declares that it is necessary, desirable and in the public interest that the state parks system, public historical sites, and public historical parks be maintained and improved. It is the intention of the Legislature by the passage of this chapter to authorize the formation of two public corporations for the purposes of providing for the acquisition, provision, construction, improvement, renovation, equipping, and maintenance of the state parks system, public historical sites, and public historical parks, and to authorize the corporations to provide for payment of the costs of accomplishing the stated purposes by implementing Amendment 617 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 authorizing the issuance by the state of up to $110,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of general obligation bonds, which amendment was proposed by Act 98-413 and ratified by the electors of the state at the 1998 General Election, and by issuing and selling for the state, subject to the approval of the Governor, interest bearing general obligation bonds of the state not in excess of $110,000,000 in aggregate principal amount, as authorized by such constitutional amendment. One hundred four million dollars ($104,000,000) of the bonds shall be issued for the state by the Alabama State Parks System Improvement Corporation created herein, and the proceeds thereof shall be used exclusively for the purpose of paying the expenses incurred in the sale and issuance of bonds and for payment of the costs of the acquisition, provision, construction, improvement, renovation, equipping, and maintenance of the state parks system. Six million dollars ($6,000,000) of the bonds shall be issued for the state by the Alabama Public Historical Sites and Parks Improvement Corporation created herein, and the proceeds thereof shall be used exclusively for the purpose of paying the expenses incurred in the sale and issuance of the bonds and for payment of the costs of the acquisition, provision, construction, improvement, renovations, equipping and maintenance of public historical sites and public historical parks not under the jurisdiction of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

(Act 2000-708, p. 1487, §2.)