Senator seeks to dampen river parties

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state lawmaker is trying to dampen the party scene on some of Missouri's popular floating streams.

Newly proposed legislation would ban beer bongs, Jell-O shots, kegs and beaded Mardi Gras necklaces on state rivers.

The bill by Republican Sen. Delbert Scott of Lowry City was among the first filed Monday before the 2009 legislative session.

The Missouri State Water Patrol says lewd behavior has become a major problem on the popular canoeing and rafting streams of the Ozarks. Maj. Tommy Roam estimates that alcohol is involved in more than 75 percent of the river complaints the Water Patrol responds to.

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