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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  • by Andy on Mar 11, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    Its dangerous for us to go to these place's. You are allways faced with gun toting officers,looking for reason to haul you away.
  • by Jon Grace Location: Middlesboro, KY on Mar 10, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    I want to thank Senator Smith and all involved in helping get this bill through. You all did amazing work and have many in Bell, Harlan, and surrounding coutnies who are very thankful. Keep up the great work!!!


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