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Bipartisan Duck Boat Legislation Heading to U-S Senate Floor

In this July 23, 2018, file photo, a duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised after it went down the evening of July 19 after a thunderstorm generated near-hurricane strength winds. The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a virtual meeting Tuesday, April 27, 2020, to announce the results of an investigation into the tragedy that killed 17 of the 31 people on board. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP, File)

After being stuck in committee for 19 months, bipartisan duck boat legislation is heading to the U-S Senate floor.

The bill, which is sponsored by Missouri Senators Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt, was approved Wednesday in committee by a unanimous voice vote. Seventeen people were killed in the 2018 duck boat tragedy on southwest Missouri’s Table Rock Lake.

The bill would require the U-S Coast Guard to implement recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), including requiring duck boats to remove canopies.

Senator Blunt describes those recommendations as commonsense safety measures that are long overdue, and says they should be put into effect immediately.

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