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Kansas House passes new amusement ride regulations after death on Verrückt

How Schlitterbahn’s Verruckt was built in Wyandotte County

What has become clearer since the tragic death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab is that from nearly the moment the Verruckt was proposed in Wyandotte County, its path to completion was all but assured with almost no outside officials casting a critica
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What has become clearer since the tragic death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab is that from nearly the moment the Verruckt was proposed in Wyandotte County, its path to completion was all but assured with almost no outside officials casting a critica

Lawmakers in the Kansas House gave near unanimous approval Monday to a bill that would overhaul the state’s amusement ride law after the son of a leading Republican was killed on a water slide last summer.

The Kansas House voted 124-1 to approve the bill, with Rep. Jack Thimesch, a Spivey Republican, the only lawmaker to vote against it.

Caleb Schwab, the son of Rep. Scott Schwab, an Olathe Republican, was killed last August while riding the Verrückt, a 17-story water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan.

Schwab gave an emotional speech to lawmakers last week in support of the bill shortly before it gained initial approval on a voice vote.

The legislation includes inspection requirements for amusement rides in a move that supporters say strengthens what is currently a weak law in Kansas.

Hunter Woodall: 785-354-1388, @HunterMw

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