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Utah lawmaker plans legislation for amusement park oversight

SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker plans to again propose legislation that would add oversight of amusement parks in Utah, one of only six states where an agency isn’t assigned to keep tabs on the parks.

KUTV-TV reports Republican state Rep. Val Potter sponsored a bill last year that would have created an oversight commission, required mandatory inspections and created an avenue for the public to report dangerous situations.

Potter says the bill failed last year, in part because of pushback from some amusement parks.

He says he is currently working on another iteration of the bill for this year.

He says the revised legislation could potentially change oversight of the inspections, but it will still require safety inspections, operators to carry liability insurance and to report serious injuries to authorities.


Information from: KUTV-TV, http://www.kutv.com/

The Associated Press