CLCC supports SB 429. A new program created by the state biennial budget adopted last year, Passport to the Parks is intended to generate dedicated revenues to support the operation and maintenance of our State Parks. Consistent with this legislative intent, SB 429 would set up the Passport to the Parks as a non-lapsing account rather than an appropriated fund, ensuring a consistent source of funding for the program outside the timing of the general budget process. This feature is particularly important for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) since the bulk of the budgeting and other planning for the operation and utilization of the State Parks, including hiring of seasonal staff and accepting reservations of campgrounds, need to be made in winter months. A non-lapsing, dedicated account will also leave it less vulnerable to dilution and sweeps in the future.