Kansas Legislature passes oversight after waterslide death
April 7, 2017
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators agreed Friday to strengthen the state's lax oversight of amusement park rides after a lawmaker's 10-year-old son was killed while riding a waterslide.
Rep. Scott Schwab's son Caleb died last summer on the Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. Schwab declined comment after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill Friday, but he made an emotional speech last week in support of the bill. The investigation into the death is ongoing, but the slide has been closed since the accident and is slated for demolition.