One of two bills that would bring unprecedented state regulation to California theme parks won overwhelming approval Wednesday by an Assembly committee that heard from supporters in Sacramento, including a mother whose son was injured in a Disneyland accident.
The bill by Assemblyman Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch) calls for mandatory reporting of accidents and state inspections of all permanent rides every four years. The bill passed on an 8-1 vote of the Labor and Employment Committee and now heads to the Appropriations Committee.
Supporters included a children's consumer advocate, a retired ride inspector, a Disney union workers' representative and the state firefighters association. Two soft-spoken mothers told upsetting personal stories.
Victoria Nelson, whose only child, Quimby Ghilotti, 18, died two years ago in an accident at Waterworld USA in Concord, beseeched the committee: "Please don't let this happen to another child."