by: Chris Six, Ozarks First
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley’s legislation to prevent another Duck Boat incident has unanimously passed the Senate Committee of Commerce, Science, and Transportation Wednesday morning.
The bill will now head to the entire Senate for a vote. The legislation requires amphibious vehicles to be equipped to stay afloat in the event of flooding.
It would also require Duck Boats to remove canopies and add more life preservers.
A spokesperson for Senator Hawley says amendments were made to the bill during the committee process. Those amendments include requirements to log various safety actions, mandatory annual safety trainings for crew, and consideration of safety recommendations in previous incident reports.