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Published April 02, 2013, 08:47 AM

North Dakota Senate: Observers still required to water-ski

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Senate has rejected a measure that would have allowed a rearview mirror to replace observers on boats towing water-skiers.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Senate has rejected a measure that would have allowed a rearview mirror to replace observers on boats towing water-skiers.

The Senate voted 31-16 Monday to dump the measure. North Dakota's House overwhelmingly approved the measure in January by a vote of 78-9.

Democratic Sen. Phil Murphy of Portland says North Dakota law used to allow the driver of a boat to use a mirror to monitor a water-skier being towed behind the vessel. But he says its common sense to have an observer on board while water-skiing.

The mirror described in the failed measure would have had to have been at least 78 square inches. That's more than five times the size of a typical automobile rearview mirror.

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