NewsPublic Affairs / March 8, 2016

Contentious Indiana Dunes Bill Headed To Governor's Desk For Signature

The measure would allow Valparaiso developer Chuck Williams to sell alcohol at the planned beachfront development. It would circumvent a local board and the state's Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, which both denied Williams a permit.Indiana Dunes State Park, Mike Pence, Chuck Williams, Indiana legislature, Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission2016-03-08T00:00:00-05:00

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A measure putting an embattled privatization deal back on track by allowing a politically connected developer to sell alcohol at a proposed restaurant, bar and banquet center at Indiana Dunes State Park has been approved by the Legislature.

The Indiana House voted 63-30 Monday to send the bill to Gov. Mike Pence's desk.

The measure would allow Valparaiso developer Chuck Williams to sell alcohol at the planned beachfront development. It would circumvent a local board and the state's Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, which both denied Williams a permit.

Opponents point to favorable lease terms, which grant Williams control of the scenic property for decades in exchange for $18,000 in yearly rent and 2 percent of sales.

A Pence spokeswoman has said the governor will give the measure "careful consideration."

 

 

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