South Dakota lawmakers will consider a bill this session that would regulate amusement rides in the state.
State Representative Steve Hickey says he introduced the Amusement Ride Safety Act this morning. HB1168 says no one may operate an amusement ride in the state unless the ride has passed an inspection during the current calendar year by a certified amusement ride inspector.
No one may own, operate, or lease an amusement ride or an amusement device of a permanent nature in South Dakota unless the person purchases insurance in an amount not less than $1 million per occurrence and $1 million in the aggregate against liability.
Last year, a ride malfunction in Sisseton left two teenagers stranded, in mid-air for nearly 90 minutes. Hickey introduced the bill following a KSFY News investigation this summer. He said he was surprised South Dakota was the only state in our region which doesn't check carnival ride safety.
Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska all require annual inspections.