Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2012

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2012

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Single State Parks Agency

SECTION 14.   (A) Section 1 of chapter 21 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the fourth paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
The department of conservation and recreation shall consist of a division of state parks and recreation and a division of water supply protection. Each division shall be under the administrative supervision of a director and shall be under the supervision and control of the commissioner of the department of conservation and recreation. The division of water supply protection shall have control over the watershed and water supply systems in accordance with chapter 92AŻ. The division of state parks and recreation shall have control over the state parks, forests, parkways, waterways, rinks, pools, beaches and other recreational lands and facilities outside of the watershed systems as defined in sections 1 and 2 of chapter 92AŻ.

(B) Section 8 of chapter 21A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 43 and 44, the words "a division of urban parks and recreation,".

(C) Whenever the term "division of urban parks and recreation" appears in any statute, regulation, contract, or other document, it shall be taken to mean the division of state parks and recreation.

This section merges DCR's Division of Urban Parks and Recreation (formerly the Metropolitan District Commission) into the Division of State Parks and Recreation, thus establishing a single state parks and recreation agency.

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