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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).
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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.
NEWS
July 14, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An assemblyman pushing a bill to regulate amusement park rides will alter it once again to satisfy its most ardent supporter, a La Jolla woman whose son was injured on a Disneyland ride. Assemblyman Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch) agreed Tuesday to amend his bill after the woman, Kathy Fackler, spoke out the day before against its most recent incarnation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1988 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
Bill Baggelaar ignored the hordes of screaming people and concentrated on clicking off his stopwatch the moment the cage stopped moving. It takes about two seconds for the Six Flags Magic Mountain ride known as "Free Fall" to end, long enough for some people to turn green. But Baggelaar, an 18-year-old student from Grant High School in Van Nuys, calmly disembarked and calculated the velocity of the ride at 44 m.p.h.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The assemblyman whose bid to regulate the state's amusement parks failed last year said Tuesday that a bill he plans to introduce this week would require an independent agency to inspect permanent rides at all parks every year. Assemblyman Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch) said that allowing parks to inspect themselves and file affidavits stating that their rides are safe would not be acceptable under his bill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State authorities are investigating the death of a 42-year-old woman who suffered bleeding in the brain after riding a spinning teacup-style attraction at Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, Calif. Investigators said that the Monkey Business ride did not malfunction but that the unidentified woman's bleeding was probably triggered by the ride's movement. They were not aware of any health condition that would have predisposed her to such bleeding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2000 | MEG JAMES and KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The parents of Brandon Zucker, the 4 1/2-year-old boy critically injured on Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin in Disneyland three weeks ago, have agreed to participate in a state investigation to help protect all children on amusement park rides, their attorney said Thursday. "They are the type of people who want to cooperate with the state to help other children out there," said Thomas V. Girardi, a prominent Los Angeles attorney.
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