BATON ROUGE, La (BREC) ––– After a heated legislative battle at the state capitol, Senator Bodi White took down his bill that would break up baton rouge’s parks organization BREC.
When we interviewed BREC Superintendent Corey Wilson about the proposed split before, he said, “It looks to pull away funds and assets away from BREC and divert them to yet-to-be-created park districts in Central and Zachary.”
Senate Bill 205 aimed at breaking Central and Zachary away from the parks system and was proposed by Senator Bodi White.
“This has always been about the citizens of Zachary, Central, South-east Baton Rouge, an area called St. George getting equal treatment from BREC,” said White.
But after an agreement was made with Superintendent Wilson, White voluntarily deferred the bill. “I have agreed to give them one more year to address these concerns,” said White.
The compromise made was for BREC to create committees in each parish so the unique needs of each parish could be met. “I think they need to understand what the citizens really need, and don’t go put not a facility in an area that might not be used much, but what they really need,” said White.
Wilson said, in a Facebook post, that they will commit to these committees.
BREC will remain a Parish-wide park system, but Senator White says he will have to see some changes within the next year, “Like I said, I am gonna work with them over the next year and we’ll see where we go from there.”
Representative C. Denise Marcelle received applause after her closing statement, “Thank you so much Sen. White. for voluntarily deferring this bill and I know that I will have your commitment not to see it attached to anything else the rest of this session.”
Wilson discussed the bill at BREC’s monthly Commission meeting on Thursday, which you can find a stream of the BREC Commission meeting HERE.