AG’s Office Rules That Tourism Officials Cannot Withhold Ark Encounter Studies

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office has ruled that state tourism officials cannot withhold information about a Bible-themed amusement park without giving a justification.

State Representative Darryl Owens of Louisville had sought economic impact studies for a northern Kentucky park that would present a literal interpretation of the biblical flood story. The park has received preliminary approval for up to $37 million in tax incentives. Owens’s open records request for the economic studies was denied, because tourism officials said the documents were proprietary.

The Attorney Genera’s office says the Tourism Department did not successful prove the records are confidential.

Owens says he plans to file another request. Tourism officials are studying the opinion.

Additional information from the Associated Press