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Southern panhandle senator gets tourism bill first round approval in legislature

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Lawmakers give first round approval to a bill that provides better accountability for money received through county lodging taxes.

Under the bill, the existing ‘County Visitors Improvement Fund' would be first used to improve the visitor attractions and facilities in the counties.

Once those sites are deemed adequate and don't need improvements, the county can use the fund to promote tourism.

Bill introducer Ken Schilz of Ogallala says tourism is very important to the state, and it's imperative to make sure the funds are spent correctly.

"With this bill, it will help us to strengthen the opportunity to bring people to our attractions and to have the money there to promote and build the things we need to make tourism even more successful in the state."

Lawmakers gave unanimous first round approval to this bill by a vote of 34 – to  - 0.



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