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Brownback Calls for Review of Kansas Amusement Park Inspection Laws

Governor Brownback met with reporters on Friday, August 12, to discuss a variety of issues, including the death of Caleb Schwab at a waterpark near Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo Credit: Jim McLean)

Governor Sam Brownback says the death of a Kansas lawmaker’s son at the Schlitterbahn waterpark should prompt a re-examination of the state’s amusement park inspection laws.

Parks are now required to inspect their rides at least once a year. Records of those inspections are then subject to random state audits. The state last audited Schlitterbahn’s inspection records in 2012. Ten-year-old Caleb Schwab, the son of state Representative Scott Schwab, was killed Sunday on a water slide billed as the world’s tallest. Park officials shut down the ride for the remainder of the season following the accident. Brownback’s comments came during a Statehouse meeting with reporters before he left to attend an afternoon memorial service for Caleb Schwab in Olathe.

Governor Brownback:

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