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Attorney General rules on Grant County Ark Park information request

Artist rendering of Noah's Ark (Source: WLEX) Artist rendering of Noah's Ark (Source: WLEX)
Artist rendering of park (Source: WLEX) Artist rendering of park (Source: WLEX)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state Attorney General's office has ruled that tourism officials cannot withhold information about a Bible-themed amusement park without giving a justification.

State Rep. Darryl Owens of Louisville had sought economic impact studies for the proposed Ark Encounter park in Grant County with an open records request. The project has been granted preliminary approval for tax incentives.

The tourism department refused to provide the information, saying it was proprietary.

But Attorney General Jack Conway's office says the department "failed to meet the assigned burden of proof" that the disputed records are confidential.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Owens plans to file another request. Tourism officials say they are studying the opinion.

The Ark Park project could earn up to $37 million in sales tax rebates if it receives final approval.

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