Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

House Defeats Bill to Allow Jet Boats on 2 Popular Rivers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

House Defeats Bill to Allow Jet Boats on 2 Popular Rivers

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The canoeists and floaters won. The jet boats lost.

The Missouri House defeated on Thursday, 106-29, a bill that would have permitted high-powered jet boats to run on the Jacks Fork and Current rivers.

On Oct. 1, the federal Park Service put horsepower restrictions on motorboats in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The limitations are 40 horsepower and below, depending on what sections of the Jacks Fork and Current are involved.

When Rep. Don Koller, D-Summersville, tried to pass a bill banning horsepower restrictions, he had few friends.

Koller said the House had just passed the state budget worth $11.8 billion, but that wasn't a big deal for his constituents. "Probably the most important issue for them is that they're making payments on a $15,000 boat and now they can't take it on the river," Koller said.

But supporters of people who like to canoe or float down the rivers were having none of 100-horsepower jet boats.

Rep. Harriet Brown, R-Wentzville, told of having seen a jet boat on the Current cause two canoes filled with Korean visitors to capsize. …

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