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May 18, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State regulation of amusement parks took a big step forward Monday as Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa pledged to vote for a bill that calls for outside inspectors to check rides and for parks to report serious injuries publicly. The state Senate Appropriations Committee, meanwhile, rescheduled a vote for next week on a tough park regulation measure by Sen. Don Perata (D-Alameda).
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NEWS
October 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
Seizing on a series of amusement park fatalities over the summer, lawmakers proposed Wednesday giving the government expanded authority to regulate all rides. The Consumer Product Safety Commission now regulates rides that travel from site to site with carnivals and seasonal fairs. Regulation of roller coasters and other rides at amusement parks is left to the states, more than a dozen of which lack inspection programs, the commission said in a recent report on amusement park injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1995 | SARAH KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ejector Seat bungee ride remained closed at the Orange County Fair on Monday while fair organizers waited for a state inspector to arrive from Sacramento. The ride--which costs $30 to $50 for each spin--was closed Sunday night after it stopped in midair, leaving a Santa Ana man dangling 125 feet from the ground for an hour. The ride may be reopened today if it passes an early morning inspection by the California Department of Industrial Relations.
NEWS
June 4, 1997 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Students at the high school here wept Tuesday. They hugged and they walked around as if in a daze, trying to make sense of what happened Monday when one classmate died and 32 others were injured after a water slide broke during what was supposed to be a day of fun at an amusement park. At noon, dozens of students spontaneously gathered around Napa High School's flagpole, where flags lowered to half-mast drooped beneath a darkened sky.
NEWS
January 11, 1997 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While critics have worked themselves into a lather denouncing Disneyland's cleanup of lusty swashbucklers on its Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, it appears that a park insider has pulled off the ultimate in politically incorrect pranks. More than a dozen photographs of women baring their breasts on the park's Splash Mountain log ride have appeared on sites across the Internet in recent months--leading some cheeky cyber-fans to christen the attraction "Flash Mountain."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2003 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
The Butterfield Stagecoach ride at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park reopened Wednesday after an accident this week killed a horse and left several passengers with minor injuries. The replica Old West stagecoach whose brake problems led to the accident is not in use, said Knott's spokeswoman Susan Tierney. Five other stagecoaches were inspected and cleared to take visitors around the park's northeast corner, near Camp Snoopy and Fiesta Village. About 5:15 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
The simplest things thrilled Marcelo Torres: hanging out with friends, listening to music, riding roller coasters. On his birthday, Aug. 30, the young man received a cake and some gifts at a small party at his family's Gardena home, and family members said he never stopped smiling. Six days later, the 22-year-old graphic artist died in a crash on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride after the locomotive came uncoupled from the front passenger car, where Torres was sitting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State regulation over amusement parks took a big step forward Monday as Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa (D-Los Angeles) pledged to vote for a bill that calls for outside inspectors to check rides and for parks to report serious injuries. The state Senate Appropriations Committee, meanwhile, postponed for a week a vote on a tough park regulation measure by Sen. Don Perata (D-Alameda).
NEWS
December 1, 1985
By a vote of 264 for and 146 against, the House failed to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to pass a bill extending the life of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and giving the agency regulatory power over amusement parks. The two-thirds majority was required because the bill (HR 3456) was considered under a short-cut procedure limiting debate and preventing amendments. Sponsors will bring the bill back to the floor under normal parliamentary rules.
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