After a whirlwind through the Georgia Legislature, a bill that would require carnival owners to submit engineering evaluations with permit applications passed the state Senate on Thursday.
State Sen. Bruce Thompson, R-White, introduced Senate Bill 141 after a carnival ride collapsed while in operation in Bartow County.
Under the legislation, a licensed engineer would evaluate the performance of safety mechanisms and the condition of “critical components of the carnival ride.” House members amended the bill to only require a review the first time a carnival owner applies for a permit.
The bill, which passed 50-0, now goes to the governor’s desk.
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