Bill outlaws hit-and-run boating accidents

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Hit-and-run boating accidents will soon clearly be a crime, under a bill passed Wednesday by the Senate.

It voted 27-0 to approve HB92 by Rep. Richard Greenwood, R-Roy, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.

Greenwood introduced the bill after a University of Utah researcher was killed by a boat's propeller in Pineview Reservoir last summer, and the boaters fled.

The bill had been caught up in a power struggle between Greenwood and Senate Rules Committee Chairwoman Margaret Dayton, R-Orem.

Greenwood complained that Dayton had held up the bill — which received no opposition in either House — in retaliation for Greenwood amending an unrelated Dayton bill. The House eventually erased that amendment, and the boating bill began advancing again.

— Lee Davidson