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The law will require state officials adopt an amusement ride classification system to help identify which rides need more comprehensive inspections; set rules governing a minimum number of inspectors and inspections; give hiring preference for inspectors who hold national certifications; require more detailed maintenance and repair records from the ride owner; and mandate that ride operators share any safety warnings with the state’s chief inspector.
Inspection fees would be increased from $49 to $75 — enough for the state to hire two additional inspectors.
Jarrell’s mother, Amber Duffield, who lobbied for the law change, gave DeWine a dragon fly pin that signifies that loved ones who died are never far away. “After the governor shared with me the loss of his own child, I felt that was appropriate because it tells us not to lose hope, we’re going to see them again,” she said.
DeWine’s daughter Becky died in an automobile crash in 1993 at the age of 22.