Cooley: Protecting Historic State Park Names

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

(Sacramento) – An effort to protect the names of historic parks in California, spearheaded by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), is moving smoothly through the State Legislature. Now the trio of lawmakers is pushing other states to follow California’s lead. Assemblymen Cooley, Gray and Bigelow introduced Assembly Bill 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The authors are now urging their colleagues in the other 49 state legislatures to take similar action. “We in California were blindsided by this trademarking practice, and that could easily happen in another state,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “We want legislators around the Country to be aware of what happened here and show them what we’ve done to combat it.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.