Bill would prevent shock deaths at Lake of the Ozarks

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (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.
Information from: KOLR-TV,