Washington • The National Park Service says it doesn't have the authority to reimburse Utah and other states that paid to reopen parks during the government shutdown. That will be up to Congress something Beehive State delegates are pushing.
Interior Department lawyers decided Thursday that the legislation lawmakers passed to end the 16-day closure didn't include power for a refund.
"The funds were donated and we can only reimburse the states if Congress expressly directs us to do so through legislation," said parks spokesman Mike Litterst. "The continuing resolution does not provide the needed directive."