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RV Park and Campground Briefs

March 9, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

MINNESOTA

From The Associated Press:

Having taken lumps over last summer’s government shutdown, Minnesota lawmakers are considering ways to take the sting out of any future budget standoffs.

A Senate committee was set to consider a cluster of bills that would make various state functions shutdown-proof. State colleges would be assured their continued funding, campgrounds and the zoo would remain open and road work would go on.

A budget feud between Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton led to a nearly three week government shutdown last summer. While a court ordered the state to keep some programs going, many offices were dark until a new budget was adopted.

Some people worry, however, that taking noticeable consequences out of a shutdown will reduce pressure on lawmakers to reach timely budget deals.

TENNESSEE

From WBIR-TV, Knoxville:

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be starting opening campgrounds on a staggered basis starting toiday (March 9).

Camping fees range from $14 to $23 per site per night.

For more information on national park openings visit www.recreation.gov.

ARKANSAS

From The Associated Press:

A lawsuit against the federal government filed by Louisiana family members of three of the 20 people killed in a flood at a U.S. Forest Service campground in southwest Arkansas has been dropped.

Federal court records show the suit was dismissed on Feb. 21 at the request of the estate of Kay Roeder, Deborah Roeder and Bruce Roeder.

The family members from Luling, La., died June 11, 2010, when a raging flood on the Little Missouri River swept away tents, RVs and other vehicles in the early morning darkness with no warning at the Albert Pike U.S. Forest Service campground.

The Roeder estate withdrew the suit after the government argued it was immune from being sued.

The judge dismissed the suit without prejudice, meaning the estate can file again.

 

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