Tourism Bill Is Moving Through The State Legislature

A bill designed to give adventure tourism a boost in eastern Kentucky is making its way through the state legislature.

Senate Bill 196 passed Monday afternoon.

The bill would allow government officials to enter into recreational land use agreements with private landowners, opening up many areas now off-limits to the public.

“They want to know where Chained Rock is, they want to be able to ride up and to see Bad Branch Falls, they want access to the nature conservancy, they want to participate responsibly in some of the most beautiful parts of the state which happen to be in our district,” Senator Brandon Smith said.

Senator Smith says the bill may face difficulty in the house while legislators are busy trying to tackle issues like the budget.

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