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Carnival ride safety bill goes to Governor Daugaard's desk

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Tuesday, the South Dakota legislature gave final approval to a bill that would regulate mobile amusement rides.

KSFY News started looking into ride safety regulations in South Dakota, after that accident in Sisseton last year.

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

Tuesday's measure easily passed the Senate, following similar support in the House.

The final hurdle is the governor's desk.

With one strike, the carnival ride safety bill makes its way to the governor

Senator Al Novstrup owns Thunder Road in Sioux Falls and already is familiar with the importance of safety.

"The key ingredients in our business are safe, fun and clean. and number one is safe because once again if you don't achieve that safety then it isn't going to be a good day, and our goal is to have a good day," Novstrup said.

But Novstrup not only welcomes the bill for regulation, he co-sponsored it.

"It's wonderful that people recognized it for what it was , which is a bill to improve the safety of the amusement industry in South Dakota," Novstrup said.

State representative Steve Hickey sponsored the bill. He says most carnival goers probably won't notice a difference if the bill becomes law, which is its goal.

"It's a little more assurance and will feel better that knowing that people have had an inspection, so it's a good thing," Hickey said.

"The good operators aren't going to change a thing, they were doing the things necessary like daily inspections, yearly inspections, insurance... those things those things have been done by good inspectors for a very long time," Novstrup said.

The bill would make sure all operators complete those inspections, but that's now up to Governor Daugaard to decide.

"A lot of those things occur through the natural operation of the marketplace, that doesn't mean that the state can't play a role in insuring safety because safety should be our number one priority," Daugaard said.

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