Bill would prevent shock deaths at Lake of the Ozarks

2 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Monday, February 29 2016 Feb 29, 2016 Monday, February 29, 2016 12:17:00 PM CST February 29, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A bill designed to prevent electrocution-related deaths at the Lake of the Ozarks has again been introduced in the state legislature.

KOLR-TV reports that state Rep. Caleb Jones of Columbia is sponsoring a bill that would require all docks to have a ground fault interrupter, a device that shuts off the dock's electricity when a short occurs. The bill would also require defibrillators on Highway Patrol boats.

The bill is dedicated to 13-year-old Alexandra Anderson and her 8-year-old brother Brayden, both of whom died in 2012 after being shocked by power running to a dock they were swimming near on the Lake of the Ozarks.

Jones says he's talked to leadership about moving this legislation this year. Last year it did not receive a committee hearing.

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