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U-S Senate Unanimously Approves Hawley’s Duck Boat Safety Legislation

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)


Bipartisan legislation aimed at improving safety on duck boats and other amphibious passenger vessels has been unanimously approved by the U-S Senate. It was the first bill Missouri Senator Josh Hawley sponsored, after being sworn-in.

During a Thursday Senate floor speech, Hawley told colleagues that the deadly 2018 incident on southwest Missouri’s Table Rock Lake should never have happened. 17 people died that day.

Hawley’s bill requires duck boats to be equipped to stay afloat, in the event of flooding. It also mandates that duck boats remove canopies. The bill now heads to the House, where it’s sponsored by Indiana Democrat Andre Carson. One of Carson’s constituents is Tia Coleman, who lost NINE family members at Table Rock Lake.

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