Governor Beshear, Kentucky's First Lady Promote Tourism

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Lawmakers hope a bill designed to increase Kentucky’s tourism potential is one step closer to reality.

If the full House approves Senate Bill 196 the state and private land owners could enter into an agreement to use private land for horse back and ATV trails and other adventure tourism activities.

Kentucky's First Lady throws her support behind Senate Bill 196.

“What we'd like to see with an activity like this is that we become a destination. That people come through our state and stop in our counties to ride the trails, to hike the trails to ride their bikes on trails,” says Jane Beshear, Kentucky First Lady.

First Lady Jane Beshear testified before the House Tourism Committee to show her support for the bill.

The bill would allow the state to enter into agreements with private land owners to use their property for activities like ATV and horse back riding.

“They'll will be areas for people that will not necessary want for example the horses but they will allow the bikers and the hikers and they'll may be trails where it's only motorized vehicles,” says Beshear

House Committee members say they want the same thing. They claim too many dollars are going out of the state.

“Weekend after weekend after weekend they go to Tennessee and they spend their money in Tennessee all weekend that is their pleasure that is the entertainment,” says Rep. Reslie Combs.

The bill passed unanimously in the committee and will now go to the full House for consideration.

The first lady says the bill will do more than help Kentucky’s economy. Beshear says it will give families more time with each other.


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  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Mar 23, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    YES, that will work, everyone rides horses, atv`s and bikes....don`t they...well..I guess we would if we had all those trails, well you all would wouldn`t you, sometimes? They have all those places on the trails to spend money, now...don`t they? Yaay now we are having fun.
  • by James Location: Magoffin County on Mar 22, 2008 at 06:22 PM
    It refreshing to see news of the Governor with his mind off casinos for a change...
  • by ? Location: Ky on Mar 22, 2008 at 11:24 AM
    So what are they proposing? That a land owner sign a waiver with the state that tourist can come in for a price or not and tear our lands all to hell?Or are they going to allow places like Daniel Boone Nat'l to host these idiots on ATV's and other recreational vehicles?Are the people in office crazy or just plain stupid. What is their problem, no casinos?You just watch though, some (edited) kissing people on some trumped up board will allow it. Then not only will the state have ridiculous taxes but we will have the most torn up country side to view.Give them their casinos before the state goes completely under.The only thing I can see that "may" be alright is horse trails to ride.But most people don't care where they throw trash down or build fires ect.
  • by Linda Location: Lexington KY on Mar 22, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    I hope during this tourism push, the environment is taken into consideration,,,will the taxpayers pay for the damage
  • by Sure.. Location: KY on Mar 21, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    They better promote tourism, because they are going to tax the citizens that live in Kentucky to death and no one will be able to spend any money!! Land Owner has it right!!
  • by Debbie Location: Kentucky on Mar 21, 2008 at 06:49 AM
    Thank you First Lady!! I think Bill 196 is wonderful. KY needs to develop its tourism to attract out of state horse riders. We travel out of state 2-3 times each year to explore new trails/horse camps. So far, we have visited IL, OH, TN, VA. We always return and tell our friends about the areas we liked the best. Many of them follow our lead and visit areas on our recommendation. It would work the same way in KY. Word of mouth and good advertisement would draw lots of people to see the beautiful caves, clifflines, and forests that we Kentuckians have enjoyed for years. Remember, people always spend money when they come for a visit.
  • by ? Location: Ky on Mar 21, 2008 at 06:32 AM
    If they think to much money is going out of state now......Just wait until they tax cigarettes more. No out of state people will come here to buy smokes, thus gas,food and other expenses they may have on a trip here will be gone. Not to mention all the Kentuckians that will start to go out of this state to buy smokes. If he can't get "his" casinos we will all suffer. STATEWIDE!!!!!!!!
  • by Land Owner Location: Ky on Mar 21, 2008 at 06:24 AM
    I wouldn't let a bunch of people come onto my property and destroy it. I have seen what they do. The woods and trails look like a war zone when they leave. They throw trash everywhere and see how much they can destroy. I wonder how much more this state can take from these two?They can't get "their" casinos so they are going to tear this state apart from one end to the other.It sickens me to death every time I think about it.Our homeowners insurance will all raise again due to idiots getting hurt and then trying to sue us.The Governor is a few bricks short of a complete wall if you ask me.This state, in 3 months, has gone to hell in a hand basket!!!!! Are they planning on turning the state parks into some of these "playgrounds"? If it hasn't been mentioned it is only a matter of time. Just like taxes, they will "change their minds"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Haley Location: Richmond,KY on Mar 21, 2008 at 06:17 AM
    I think that this will be a great Oppruntiy for Kentucky. I like First Ladies so I think this bill will be pass.

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