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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 15, 2016 02:53 PM
From: Representative Jim Christiana and Rep. Mark Mustio
To: All House members
Subject: A Public-Private Partnership Honoring a Pennsylvania Golf Legend
Arnold Palmer is a distinguished Pennsylvania native, international golf legend, celebrated aviator, renowned spokesman, compassionate philanthropist and highly-successful entrepreneur.

Often regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history, his legacy goes far beyond the course. In addition to his athletic record, he was fundamental to the creation of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and omen and the Arnold Palmer Medical Center. He remains a tireless advocate and supporter of programs supporting cancer research, as well as many other charitable organizations. Mr. Palmer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.

In honor of Mr. Palmer’s significant contributions to golf, Pennsylvania communities and the Commonwealth’s economy, we plan to introduce legislation establishing the Palmer Trails Act.

Under the bill, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, in consultation with the Department of the Conservation and Natural Resources, would be directed to establish a minimum of four golf courses (north, south, east and west regions) located within four of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks, which encompass over 200,000 acres of land.

The department would be required to call for request for proposals within six months of the bill being signed into law for the design, construction and management of the courses, which must be consistent with Mr. Palmer’s course design philosophy.

In addition to honoring an individual who has had a global impact on the sport of golf, this public-private partnership would help to diversify and encourage avid use of our state parks, increase tourism to the Commonwealth and highlight a key figure in Pennsylvania’s history.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Introduced as HB2188