January 16, 2024


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Senator Cowles Applauds Senate Passage of

State Parks Pass Legislation


MADISON – Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) released the following statement after Senate Bill 415, a bill he authored with Representative Ron Tusler, passed the State Senate during Tuesday’s floor session:

“There’s no question that Wisconsin’s state parks are wonderful examples of natural habitats, scenic beauty, and historical importance that our state has to offer,” Senator Cowles said. “Millions of people from across the nation visit our parks ever year, and the admissions revenues they generate go back into the State Parks System to keep it running.

Frequent park visitors often choose to buy annual admissions stickers, which allow them entry to the park in a manner that is both more affordable and convenient for them. Senate Bill 415 will provide a simple change in statute that encourages Wisconsin residents to maximize their enjoyment as they discover the wonders of nature in our state parks. My thanks go out to my Senate colleagues for supporting this legislation through our chamber.”

Senate Bill 415 restructures the duration and expiration of annual admissions stickers to Wisconsin’s state parks. Currently, a state parks pass purchased expires at the end of the calendar year, meaning stickers bought in January and July both expire on December 31 of that year. Under Senate Bill 415, passes would be valid until the final day of the twelfth month after its issuance. Keeping state parks passes valid for a full year, rather than the remaining calendar year after purchase, allows passholders to get the most out of the money they spend on admission stickers.