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Carnival ride safety bill goes to senate floor for a vote

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For nearly eight months, KSFY News has been investigating carnival ride safety regulations in South Dakota.

Right now, there are no rules.

But Tuesday, a House Bill designed to ensure those rides get inspected, gets a vote of approval from a senate committee.

The carnival ride safety bill gets a pass for a vote on the senate floor here, moving it one step closer to becoming law.

Senator Ried Holien said "I feel a lot more comfortable that this is definitely moving the industry where we needed it to be. Actually, I was one of those surprised that South Dakota had no oversight on amusement rides, and I think it's long overdue that we have it."

And many in the amusement industry agree.

Senator Al Novstrup said "as an owner of a family entertainment center, we believe in safety. We think the first thing you have to do is provide safety, then after that, we can have fun."

State senator Novstrup co-sponsored the bill along with state representative Steve Hickey.

"I do think the bill will have an effect on this season because the industry is watching, they've talked to us about it, and they know if they come into this state they'll have to get inspected," Hickey said.

And HB 1168 calls for yearly inspections by a certified inspector.

It requires carnival operators to maintain insurance and a daily log of inspections. Riders also, would be held accountable for their actions if they're under the influence or fail to follow the rules of the ride.

"It's definitely better for the safety of everyone involved that now people know that these rides are being inspected both yearly and daily and I think that's a good thing for South Dakota," Sen. Holien said.

"We're in favor of whatever we can do, whether it's inspection or carrying insurance, whatever we can do to make it more... better training, better equipment , we're willing to do that," Sen.  Novstrup said.

If the carnival ride safety bill passes in the senate, then it will be up to the governor to sign it into law, just in time for summer.

If the bill passes the senate and the governor signs it into law, it would go into effect this July.

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