COPY-Lawmakers Consider Allowing Alcohol At State Parks

State lawmakers are being told that park attendance is down and revenue is being lost to neighboring states partly because drinking is banned at Nebraska parks.

But lawmakers also were warned on Monday that allowing alcohol back into state parks could renew horror stories that prompted the ban in 1995.

Dick Turpin, the former head of law enforcement for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, reminded a legislative committee of alcohol-related deaths and near-rioting at Lake McConaughy in the 1990s.

Under the bill (LB478) from Sen. Kent Rogert of Tekamah, drinking would be allowed on property owned or operated by the commission. But the commission could impose regulations, such as not allowing kegs of beer.