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Missouri Senator Hawley Frustrated that Bipartisan Duck Boat Legislation Hasn’t Passed

FILE - In this July 23, 2018, file photo, a duck boat that sank during a thunderstorm on July 19, 2018, killing 17 people on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised from the bottom of the lake. A federal grand jury on has indicted two more employees of a company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people. The 47-count indictment was unsealed and made public Thursday, June 20, 2019 by the Springfield grand jury. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP, FIle)

Missouri’s junior senator says he has no explanation on why Congress has not approved his bipartisan duck boat bill yet. Senator Josh Hawley’s bill would require duck boats to remove canopies and would require amphibious passenger vessels to be equipped to stay afloat, in the event of flooding:

Last week was the three-year anniversary of the 2018 duck boat tragedy on southwest Missouri’s Table Rock Lake. 17 of the 31 people aboard died. Criminal charges have been filed against three Ride the Ducks Branson employees. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt says the boat entered the lake during a severe thunderstorm warning.


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