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Trampoline Parks bill moving forward

FILE - Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, answers questions during the discussion of HB 67 at the Capitol in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Thurston is sponsoring HB150, which would require trampoline parks to follow safety standards, get an inspection before acquiring a business license and have liability insurance. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – A Trampoline Parks bill that has already passed the Utah House of Representatives earlier this month is moving forward. It would impose more standards on these parks with some tweaks.

The general counsel for “Get Air,” Katie James, told a senate committee that new language in HB 150 is changing the scope of trampoline parks’ liability.

“The representative is correct, lawsuits don’t make people safe, following the safety standards does. But patron responsibility is also a huge component of what keeps people safe in these inherently risky activities,” she said.

She compared it how skiers and snowboarders need to take responsibility. Brook Millard with the Utah Association for Justice testified in favor of tweaks to the bill.

“It provides some protection for injured persons, and particularly kids, and does not provide immunity for the trampoline industry, which one of the prior versions did.”

James also said they wanted to review the changes before it moved on. The committee, however, did vote to move the bill to the senate floor where they say they’ll work that out.

James says there’s so much more to be said for patron responsibility. The bill’s sponsor says it’s time for such parks to have more standards for insurance, safety, and licensing requirements in Utah.