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Gov. Daugaard signs 'Carnival Safety' bill

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Last summer, we found out South Dakota was the only state in our area with no laws on the books regulating carnival ride safety, and that was true until now.

With Governor Daugaard's signature, the carnival ride safety bill known as HB 1168 becomes law.

Nine months ago a carnival ride accident in Sisseton left two teenage girls stranded in mid-air for more than an hour. But this summer, carnival operators and riders will have some new rules to follow.

Governor Daugaard said "families want to know that they can board one of those rides or put one of the children on those rides and that their going to have a fun experience that's safe, and not have to worry about is maintenance something that is an afterthought or something that is given careful attention to, and this bill will ensure that safety is first."

State representative Steve Hickey said "the bill gained speed. It started with a few people looking at it and then more wanted to be a part of it, so it made it all the way to the governor's desk with a lot of support."

South Dakota carnival operators and riders can both look forward to what hopefully will be a safer summer.

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