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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Senator Rosalind Kurita Pamela George Office: (615) 741-2374*Home: (931) 358-2005 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Senator Kurita opposes alcohol sales in state parks

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Senator Rosalind Kurita Pamela George Office: (615) 741-2374*Home: (931) 358-2005 Senator Kurita opposes alcohol sales in state parks Legislation pending in the General Assembly would permit the sale of wine and beer in Tennessee state parks. Senator Rosalind Kurita voted against the measure in the State and Local Government Committee calling the measure bad public policy. "Our state parks should be healthy, wholesome and safe places for our children and families to enjoy nature and outdoor activities," Senator Kurita said. "I don't think alcohol will enhance the family environment that we expect at our state parks. In fact, it could have a negative effect on the atmosphere that we expect in our parks." Senator Kurita said that serving alcohol in state parks does not coincide with the mission of taxpayer funded state recreation facilities. "The unique values of state parks would be compromised by the sale of alcoholic beverage. State parks are among the few places that families can go for wholesome fun." The legislation passed the State and Local Government Committee in spite of Sen. Kurita's opposition. It has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for further review. -#- -
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