Now that states got the go-ahead to open up national parks with their own money, they may get an added incentive to do so. Legislation was just introduced in the House that would reimburse them for the costs of opening and operating national parks during the government shutdown.
Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mt.) introduced the Protecting States, Opening National Parks Act (H.R. 3286) on Friday, Oct. 11. It was referred to the Natural Resources Committee. Seventeen representatives immediately cosponsored the bill. You can read it at thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.3286:.
States would have to get paid within 90 days. The bill would cover operations conducted during the shutdown during FY 14. (Imagine if it lasted more than a year!) States could only get reimbursed for operating the parks in a manner consistent with federal management – not for conducting special activities that the federal government wouldn't.
You can read Daines' statement on the bill at http://daines.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=25&itemid=599.