Bill making it easier to sell alcohol at state parks wins final approval from Ky. legislature

jbrammer@herald-leader.comMarch 20, 2014 

FRANKFORT — The state Senate gave final approval Thursday to a bill that would allow local residents to determine if many state parks and golf courses could sell alcohol.

House Bill 475 is now headed to Gov. Steve Beshear, who favors it, for his signature. The bill would allow residents in precincts where there are state park lodges or golf courses to petition for an election to determine whether the park or golf course could sell alcoholic beverages by the drink.

Most state parks and golf courses now are in "dry" counties, where alcohol is not sold.

Under the bill, the sales could not begin until an election was held in the affected dry precinct. Each election would be on a park-by-park basis. The precinct with the park could go "wet" while the rest of the county remains "dry." This policy already is in place for some private golf courses and historic sites in the state.

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