Legislative panel backs off plan to close state parks
Posted February 28, 2012
Updated February 29, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. — A subcommittee of a General Assembly oversight panel has declined to recommend if certain historical sites or museums operated by the state of North Carolina should be closed or their hours curbed in the interest of cost savings and efficiencies.
The legislators met Tuesday and didn't make suggestions to the full Program Evaluation Oversight Committee based on a report released earlier this month.
Subcommittee leader Rep. Edgar Starnes of Caldwell County said lawmakers felt it wasn't their place to micromanage two state departments that run museums and historic sites, leaving such decisions to budget-writers.
The report by the legislature's fiscal watchdog agency recommended the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City and the Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston be closed and operating hours reduced at seven other locations.
The report also suggested closing dozens of state parks from December through February.