Florida parasailing bill passes committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill that would provide safety guidelines for parasailing companies.

The legislation approved Thursday details specific insurance, equipment and license requirements along with weather conditions that dictate a halt in operation.
Sen. Maria Sachs sponsored the bill. The Delray Beach Democrat says it's her number one priority for this year's session.

The parasailing industry received national attention in recent years with several deaths and accidents involving the unregulated activity in Florida.
The bill proposes that operators carry $1 million in insurance, have a license issued by the United States Coast Guard and have certain equipment on the boat.

Accident victim Alexis Fairchild and the mother of Amber White, who died in a 2007 incident, made emotional pleas to the committee on Thursday.

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