The state Senate passed three bills Wednesday, including one that would give funds to the state parks system.
Senate Bill 346 divides about $48.5 million of Lottery net profits. About $3.7 million would go to state parks, but the bulk (about $41.9 million) would go to senior services.
The money for state parks is badly needed. Mark Muchow, director of the State Budget Office told members of the Senate Finance Committee earlier this month that the parks system had only enough money for one more payroll. Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said officials thought the system would run out of money before it did.
Many state parks were affected by two separate natural disasters in 2012 and had to spend millions on repairs, Burdette said. Also passing the Senate Wednesday were Senate Bills 3, which creates the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act, and 29, which clarifies certain motor vehicle searches.
All bills passed the Senate unanimously and will now go to the House of Delegates.
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Wednesday also was recognized as West Virginia Kids at Risk Day.
Senate Resolution 8, sponsored by several senators, was adopted unanimously. However, because of weather, children's advocates were unable to make it to the Capitol. Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Ohio, said they would be invited back and recognized another time.
The resolution recognizes advocates who have "dedicated their time to making life better for West Virginia's children who are at risk."
Fitzsimmons said that includes children diagnosed with mental, behavioral or learning disabilities, suffer abuse or neglect or are at risk for substance abuse, among others.