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Mo. Congressman: Park Service rescinds permit requirements for baptisms

SALEM, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri Congressman Jason Smith announced on Thursday the Park Service has reversed its decision and will no longer require permits for baptisms on Ozark National Forest riverways.

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.

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