WASHINGTON - Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley has introduced legislation aimed at increasing safety on duck boats after last year's accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson killed 17 people.
It's similar to legislation introduced last July by Hawley's predecessor, Democrat Claire McCaskill that did not pass.
The legislation would put into law safety recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board, but adds the requirement that the boats be prohibited from sailing in bad weather.
The NTSB recommendations, made three years after a similar accident killed 13 people in Arkansas in 1999, would require the use of lifejackets and mandate that the boats be built to be more buoyant when flooded.
The legislation, whose prospects in the current divided Congress are unclear, would require all duck boats currently in use to maintain these standards before being allowed to operate.
McCaskill's bill was introduced late in the last Congress and did not get serious consideration beyond that.
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