Hawley Speaks On New Duck Boat Regulations
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2020, file photo Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hawley, says he will raise objections next week when the Congress meets to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election, forcing House and Senate votes that are likely to delay — but in no way alter — the final certification of Biden's win.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool, File)

(MISSOURINET) -New federal regulations are in place for duck boats. They were included in the national defense authorization bill that President Biden signed into law last month. They include removing canopies above the boats and side framings to ensure passengers can escape if necessary, mandated life jackets for everyone on board, and increased standards to make sure the boats stay afloat. It was sponsored by Missouri U-S Senator Josh Hawley:

The bill followed the sinking of a duck boat on Table Rock Lake near Branson in July 2018 during a severe thunderstorm. 17 people were killed, including 9 who were members of the same family.

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