The Senate approved a bill Monday that would allow private vendors to sell
alcohol at dining facilities in state parks, including the Indiana Dunes
State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Portage, authored Senate Bill 61, which would
allow an inn or dining room operator to sell alcohol on property owned or
managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as long as a permit has
The bill received bipartisan support in the Senate with a vote of 41-9.
The bill is specifically designed to attract private operators to the
Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion in Northwest Indiana, which has been
bypassed by private operators in the past because of its no-alcohol rule.
“There is an opportunity to make an investment in restoring the Dunes State
Park pavilion and allowing alcohol would increase the options for attracting
vendors who would operate a dining facility there,” said Tallian.
“I know many residents and visitors would like to make use of the pavilion
for events and special occasions, and I hope we can help make that happen
through this legislation.”
Tallian said she was pleased by the bipartisan support of the bill and the
positive impact it will have on the recreation opportunities along Lake
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for further