A Senate bill aimed at trying to reduce the numbers of fatalities caused by electric shock drowning remains stalled, at the current time, in this year’s General Assembly. Senator Jake Hummel, who represents St. Louis, says requiring the Water Patrol to have all vessels equipped with an automatic external defibrillator and for the vessel to be staffed by, at least, one person trained to use it is really a no-brainer.
Senate Bill 297 would establish the “Alexandra and Brayden Anderson Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Act” remembering the two youngsters who died five years ago as a result of being electrocuted while swimming at Lake of the Ozarks. The senate bill was most recently read for a second time and referred to committee. It does not appear on the calendar, at this time, for any further consideration.