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Nixon endorses federal plan for Ozark Riverways

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm •  Published: February 7, 2014

Nixon's endorsement puts him at odds with several state Republicans, including Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, who have criticized the park service's proposal, saying it limits public use and recreation.

The Republican-led state House is also considering a resolution that would ask the park service to maintain its current management plan.

Sponsoring Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Poplar Bluff, told colleagues in a hearing last week that the government's plans would be an encroachment on the people who use the river for enjoyment. His resolution was adopted Thursday by the House tourism committee and now heads to the Rules Committee.

A public comment period on the government's options for managing the park ended on Friday.