Ozarks Tonight: Josh Hawley’s First 100 Days in Office Pt. 2

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BRANSON, Mo. — Preventing another tragedy, that’s the goal of a new bill from one of Missouri’s senators.

In July, 17 people died when a “Ride the Ducks” boat sank during a storm on Table Rock Lake.

Senator Josh Hawley says we’re overdue for a change.

“It’s time that we put into place these security measures,” Hawley said. “They’ve been recommended for years. Congress should act right now to do it. “

The act he’s introduced asks the US Coast Guard to require vessels like Duck Boats to be better protected against flooding.

It also asks that those vessels remove canopies, install pumps and that operators require the use of life jackets.

“They’ve got to conduct more safety inspections, including inspections every time before a ride begins,” Hawley said. “And here’s the bottom line– if the Duck Boat operators and owners under my bill, if they’re not willing to do that, they can’t go out on the water, they can’t operate the ride at all.  “

The bill would also limit the weather conditions that amphibious passenger vessels can operate under.
 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Senator Josh Hawley is coming down on the tech industry and the threats to privacy those organizations pose.

Hawley has slammed Google for the collection of people’s location data on Android — even though the function was disabled by the user. 

The New York Times reports Hawley wants Google to give consumers a clear way to opt out of invasive location tracking. 

The senator said as a parent, this issue hits home for him.

“These big tech companies know more about our kids than parents know about what their kids are doing online or seeing online,” Hawley said. “My concerns are several fold. The first is that these tech companies are tracking out kids, they’re collecting information on our kids, and then they’re selling it in a lot of instances. We as parents need to have the right to say, I don’t want you tracking my kids, I don’t want you targeting ads at them, and I want you to give back, delete, all of the personal data you’ve collected on my children.”

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