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SD Senate passes amusement ride regulations

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PIERRE, S.D.- A bill that would strengthen carnival ride safety regulations is on its way to Governor Dennis Daugaard's desk tonight.

The measure easily passed the Senate, following similar support in the House.

KSFY News reporter Mark Roper started looking into ride safety regulations in South Dakota, after a 2013 carnival accident in Sisseton left two teenage girls suspended upside down on a ride. 

He learned our state was the only one in the region without inspection requirements for carnival operators.

The bill's sponsor, sen. Al Novstrup of Aberdeen, says the bill would impose regulations similar to those in other states and is supported by industry trade groups. Novstrup is president of thunder road, a chain of family fun parks in the Dakotas.

Mobile amusement rides, such as those that travel from state to state, already must have insurance. The bill would require those rides to have yearly certified inspections and daily inspections by operators. Rides fixed in one place also would have to be inspected daily.

The measure was proposed by rep. Steve hickey of Sioux falls after a 2013 carnival accident that left two teenage girls suspended upside down on a ride.

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