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Missouri House voted to toughen saftey standards on amusement parks

April 3, 2000
By: Jessica Carter
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House voted to toughen saftey standards on amusement parks like Six Flags. Jessica Carter reports from Jefferson City.

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The House gave preliminary approval to a bill that would create a code of saftey rules and regulations for amusement park rides.

The bill would require ride owners to immediatly contact state officials in the case of serious injuries. They would also be required to annually inspect the rides and to have insurance.

Kansas City representative Bill Skaggs says he introduced the bill because he is concerned about accidents.

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Six Flags and Worlds of Fun spoke in opposition to the bill in an earlier committee hearing. They claim to inspect their rides more often than the bill requires.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jessica Carter.