- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Proposed regulations of zip lines and off-the-ground ropes courses in North Carolina have cleared their first legislative committee.

A House judiciary panel voted Wednesday to recommend the measure, which puts the Department of Labor in charge of the oversight. Zip lines and “challenge courses” would have to be certified and inspected annually by outside experts. There also would be employee training mandates.

The bill now heading to another committee is sponsored by Rep. Ted Davis after last year’s death of the New Hanover County Republican’s 12-year-old distant cousin on a zip line at an Allegheny County camp.

Course operators and youth camp organizations say they support safety efforts but are worried about provisions that include fines and criminal charges for violations. Some group officials say the industry is largely self-regulated.

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