Kansas House OKs delaying part of amusement park bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House has approved a bill that would delay part of a law that toughens regulations for amusement park rides.

Provisions of the law that include stricter inspection requirements and more oversight of amusement park rides still would take effect July 1. The amended bill approved Thursday by the House would delay a provision that creates criminal penalties for operating a ride without a license until Jan. 1. The bill now goes to the Senate.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the amended law also would prohibit the Department of Labor from enforcing penalties until new requirements and rules are published.

The initial bill was passed in April after the death of Republican Rep. Scott Schwab’s son, Caleb, last summer at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

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