Washington rep exempts Native Americans from life jacket bill because they're 'very used to our cold waters'

Posted on AllSides February 10th, 2022
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A Washington state lawmaker exempted Native Americans from her life jacket bill, suggesting they're less likely to drown due to "eons" of experience with "cold water" in the state.

Washington state Rep. Cindy Ryu, a Democrat, is the sponsor of HB 1707, a bill that would require people to wear personal flotation devices while on stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes in an effort to prevent drowning deaths.

The legislation, however, includes an exemption for members of federally-recognized Native American tribes.

The exemption came up during a remote hearing on the bill, where Ryu...

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