IAAPA U.S. Advocacy: Legislative Updates
With safety as the No. 1 PRIORITY of the industry, IAAPA is committed to advancing the policy priorities for the attractions industry in the United States at the state and federal level through legislative and regulatory advocacy. The association plays a key role in monitoring legislative and regulatory actions, implementing legislative and regulatory initiatives, and informing members of any potential changes that could impact the attractions industry. Below are the latest U.S. legislative updates.
Kentucky Passes Rider Responsibility and Ride Operator Age Legislation
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law House Bill (HB) 257 and Senate Bill (SB) 219. HB 257 focuses on rider responsibility to help deter riders from engaging in certain conduct that may increase the risk of injury to the rider, other riders, and ride employees. SB 219 lowers the ride operator age requirement, allowing 16-year-olds to operate rides.
Maryland Legislature Overrides Governor’s Post-Labor Day School Start Executive Order
In spite of IAAPA’s efforts to lobby against it, the Maryland State Legislature voted at the end of March to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order creating a post-Labor Day school start date in Maryland (SB 128). Now, the County Boards of Education can set the start and end dates of the school year for schools in the county with no date restrictions. The law went into effect immediately.
Nevada Legislation to Restrict and Penalize Amusement Device Operators Defeated
SB 412 failed to advance during the 2019 Nevada State Legislative session. The bill would have impacted operators of amusement arcades and centers open to the general public, making it a misdemeanor to allow an unaccompanied minor to run or play a redemption game or any amusement device that offers a reward other than free play for winning. These games of skill offer players a chance to obtain a reward that is proportional to their score, including non-cash prizes or tickets redeemable for prizes of varying value.
Utah Passes Ride Safety and Trampoline Safety Bills
In March, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed two bills benefiting attractions in the state. HB 381 creates rules for safety inspections and requires parks to use nationally recognized standards and report injuries to the state. This new law in Utah means 45 states across the country now have statewide government regulation for the attractions industry. The rulemaking for the new law must be completed by Dec. 1, 2020, and the law will go into effect on April 1, 2021. HB 150, which took effect in May, requires trampoline parks to be licensed by the municipal or county government in which the facility is located, requires facilities to be in compliance with safety standards, and provides for operational inspections and insurance requirements.
IAAPA Submits Comments on Two FAA Rulemakings on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) both focused on small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, also known as drones). The NPRM titled “Operations of Small UAS Over People” would allow operations of small UAS over people in certain conditions and operations of small UAS at night without a waiver. Through the “Safe and Secure Operations of Small UAS” ANPRM, the FAA is considering whether, and in which circumstances, additional rulemaking might be necessary to address public safety and national security concerns associated with UAS in the national airspace. IAAPA submitted comments in April about stand-off distances, speed, UAS Traffic Management (UTM), and small UAS critical system design requirements.
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