First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear Testifies Before House Tourism Committee

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 20, 2008  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass

FRANKFORT, KY – First Lady Jane Beshear today testified before the House Tourism Committee on Senate Bill 196.  The bill, sponsored by Sen. Brandon Smith (R-Hazard), passed unanimously out of the committee and will now go to the full House for action.

SB 196 would allow the state to enter into agreements with owners of private property for use of their land for such activities as horseback riding, fishing, hunting and motorized vehicle use.  Meanwhile, it would provide protections for landowners.

“Some of Kentucky’s most stunning sites are tucked away in the far reaches of someone’s private property,” said Mrs. Beshear. “As an avid horseback rider, I am always concerned that a wooded area or trail I encounter may be encroaching on someone’s land.  This bill would allow all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy activities on countrysides across our commonwealth when a private property agreement is in place.”

Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo also supports SB 196.  Mongiardo is a strong advocate of making adventure tourism a growing new industry in Kentucky that would generate jobs and revenue, particularly in rural areas where there is land readily available for outdoor activity.