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.