Knox County Tourism Bill Approved

Nebraska lawmakers Tuesday approved a proposal to build several water recreation and tourism projects across Nebraska, including several in Knox County.

The bill, introduced by Senator Mike Hilgers of Lincoln, authorizes the state Game and Parks Commission to oversee the construction of a new marina at Lewis and Clark Lake and an event center and lodge at Niobrara State Park.

The bill requires the department to give preference to contract proposals from a certain nonprofit corporation and those that provide for a public-private partnership.

The bill passed on a vote of 38 to 6 and took effect immediately.