Protecting California History with the California Heritage Protection Act

Thursday, June 16, 2016

(Sacramento) – A dispute over naming rights between the National Park Service and a vendor who provided services in Yosemite National Park has led Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) to write new legislation to make sure the same kind of dispute never happens between state parks and its vendors. Assemblymember Cooley says he wrote Assembly Bill 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, because vendors should never be allowed to “trademark” the names of heritage sites, as was allowed by the NPS in the Yosemite case. “Our state parks showcase the incredible history of our state,” says Assemblymember Cooley. “We’re just saying that we want to protect the special heritage of California.” Learn more in this Assembly Web Report.