Rep. Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, Rep. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, and Rep. Kevin Wilson, Neosho, are among the bill's five co-sponsors.
Alexandara Nicolas provided coverage of the hearing for Missouri Southern State University's newspaper, The Chart:
Savannah Cory misses her brother.
"I miss his laugh, and his macho walk, and his glasses getting dirty," she said in her tear-filled testimony Tuesday before the House special committee on health insurance.
Savannah Cory's brother, 6-year-old Ethan Cory, drowned at a Joplin water park, the Swimmin' Hole, July 17, 2007. Rep. Marilyn Ruestman (R-Joplin), hopes House Bill 1341, to be known as Ethan Law, will prevent other deaths by using insurance companies to police private for-profit pools. Ruestman said insurance companies would inspect for things like size, occupancy, safety regulations and lifeguarding, a subject of controversy after Ethan Cory's death, as there are many locations in the park that are blocked from view, and lifeguard training was questionable.
As a reminder, the Chart is the only southwest Missouri newspaper that actually has its own statehouse reporter (and that includes the Springfield News-Leader). Of course, Miss Nicolas is also writing stories for the Joplin Globe, which for the second time in three years is using student help to cover Jefferson City.