Decision on alcohol at state parks could come next month

Governor Dave Heineman says he'll make a final decision on whether to allow drinking in state parks within the next month or so.

Heineman was at Ogallala and nearby Lake McConaughy on Friday to get opinions on the matter. Nebraska has banned drinking since 1995, after alcohol fueled rowdy parties and violence at Lake McConaughy.

Heineman met with people on both sides of the issue and said the majority was OK with lifting the ban if there was adequate law enforcement.  But most told him there's not currently enough law enforcement to lift the ban.

Under a proposal from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to lift the statewide ban, drinking could continue to be barred at some state parks if officials deemed it necessary.