As the summer season kicks off and amusement parks around the country open their gates to welcome vacationing families, Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-MA) called attention to a loophole in the law that prohibits federal safety oversight of rides that are permanently located at amusement parks.

Rep. Markey held a press conference to urge passage of his legislation to close this loophole, H.R. 2320, the National Amusement Park Ride Safety Act, and highlight the safety risks for consumers under current law.

Rep. Markey was joined by 14-year-old accident victim Kaitlyn Lassiter, whose feet were severed last June due to a malfunction on the “Superman Tower of Power” ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Kaitlyn and her family have joined Rep. Markey’s longtime efforts to close the federal safety loophole.

To read the press release on this event, click HERE

For more information on Rep. Markey's efforts, click HERE.

For more pictures from the event, click HERE