TOPEKA — Some conservative Republican legislators in Kansas oppose a bill that would give the state’s top parks official more flexibility in setting rental fees for cabins at state parks and fishing lakes.
The Senate approved the measure Wednesday, 29-11 . It would end a requirement that the state Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission approve changes in cabin-rental fees.
The bill also would eliminate a $250-per-night cap on the fees.
Some conservatives objected to eliminating the cap and Republican Sen. Caryn Tyson of Parker questioned why the state is in the cabin-rental business.
Kansas has 115 cabins at 25 sites, with nightly rents of between $85 and $115.
Supporters of the bill said it would allow the secretary of wildlife, parks and tourism to better set rates in line with the market.