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Congressman Jason Smith

Representing the 8th District of Missouri

Congressman Jason Smith: Park Service Rescinds Permit Requirements for Baptisms

Aug 22, 2013
Press Release

SALEM, MO – Today, August 22, 2013, Congressman Jason Smith announced the Park Service has reversed course and will no longer require permits for Baptisms on riverways in the Ozark National Forest. Since 2006, the Park Service has required permits for riverway baptisms.

"Today's decision by the Park Service is a victory for common sense. The notion that permits would be required for baptisms on our riverways is ridiculous," said Smith. "I appreciate Superintendent Bill Black's quick response to my request to rescind the permit requirement and I want to continue working with him and the folks who live along the rivers to preserve our traditions and rural way of life."

Smith was notified of the reversal in a letter from Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park Superintendent Bill Black.

“As of today the park’s policy has been clarified to state that no permit will be required for baptisms within the Riverways,” said Black’s letter to Congressman Jason Smith.

Click HERE to read the Park Service Superintendent Black’s full letter.

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