Amusement Rides

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - New rules being drawn up by state officials
will require amusement ride operators to be tested and licensed before working in Oklahoma.

Labor Commissioner Lloyd Fields said legislation passed last year mandates that permanent licensing rules must be in place by June 1. He said the goal is to ensure rides are as safe as possible.

Amusement ride companies and organizations say the rules are unnecessary because they already certify ride operators. They also say the new licensing requirement could actually hurt safety because state inspectors are already spread thin checking rides and this would increase their work load.

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