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Bill Would Switch Mich. State Park Admission from Opt-In to Opt-Out

Michigan legislators are considering a change that would have drivers renewing their registration automatically pay a fee to enter state parks, like the Porcupine Mountains, unless they opt out. Michigan legislators are considering a change that would have drivers renewing their registration automatically pay a fee to enter state parks, like the Porcupine Mountains, unless they opt out. |  Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV, file

Created: December 14, 2018 10:57 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan drivers who renew their registration would have to opt out to avoid paying an $11 fee that allows unlimited entry into state parks under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

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Currently motorists must opt into paying the Recreation Passport fee when renewing their license plate annually.

The Republican-led Senate passed the bill (Senate Bill 1258) on a 28-9 vote Thursday, sending it to the GOP-controlled House for consideration next week.

Supporters say switching to an opt-out participation model would generate more revenue to address a $260 million backlog in infrastructure needs in the state park system.

Nineteen Republicans and nine Democrats supported the measure, while seven Republicans and two Democrats opposed it.

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