Kansas moves to loosen rules for limited-use amusement rides

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Colorful swing ride at the amusement park

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas is moving to loosen its rules for amusement rides for events such as county fairs a year after lawmakers strengthened regulations in the wake of a boy’s death on a waterslide.

The Senate voted 37-1 on Thursday approve a bill addressing complaints from rural lawmakers and local officials that last year’s law was too broad.

The House approved the measure 114-6 earlier this month, and it goes next to Gov. Jeff Colyer for his possible signature.

Legislators acted last year in response to the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab on a giant waterslide at the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas.

The changes will set lower requirements for rides at short-term, one-location events run by nonprofit groups and exempt attractions such as hay-rack rides and low-speed barrel trains.

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