House approves Rep. Joel Kretz’s bill to address the limited police powers and authority of park rangers

In a 89-8 vote Monday, the state House approved Rep. Joel Kretz's bill to extend the limited law enforcement authority of park rangers.

Under House Bill 2765, park rangers' limited law enforcement authority would be extended to state roads within park boundaries and also within a one-mile radius outside a park's jurisdictional boundaries.

“This is a good public safety bill that would close some of the gaps in our current system,” said Kretz, R-Wauconda. “During an emergency, we need all the help we can get. This bill ensures we are utilizing all available personnel resources.”

Kretz's bill goes as far as extending limited law enforcement authority if and when an incident occurs, such as an altercation outside a park gate. This bill would allow for an incident to be addressed in a timely fashion while other law enforcement agencies outside of a park's jurisdictional boundaries respond.

House Bill 2765 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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