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Lawmaker says state should reclaim Shenandoah National Park

By Joe Dashiell, jdashiell@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 27 2013 08:00:53 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 28 2013 01:19:12 AM EST

State lawmakers return to Richmond in less than two weeks, and the legislation they are proposing is starting to pile up.

RICHMOND, Va. -

Each session of the General Assembly brings hundreds of new bills.
And one of the most unusual that lawmakers will consider next year involves the Shenandoah National Park.

Prince William County Republican Bob Marshall says the state should take the land back from the federal government.

The Republican Delegate from northern Virginia cites the recent government shutdown that closed national parks and monuments across the country.

"Virginians gave 280 square miles to the federal government to set up the Shenandoah National Park," Marshall told WDBJ7 earlier this month in Richmond.  "They obviously can't handle this. They've misplaced their trust. We need to take it back.  And I have a bill that sets up a commission to look at how Virginia could accept this back."

Marshall said he has spoken with two congressmen who expressed interest in his proposal.