On Monday, March 25, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed into law Senate Bill 219, a bill to lower the ride operator age from 18 to 16 in the Bluegrass State.
Having capable, well-trained ride operators is the upmost importance to the industry. SB 219 merely mirrors federal law, which states that ride operators can be 16 years of age.
Allowing 16-year olds to operate rides will help support Kentucky’s workforce by allowing facilities to hire more youth workers.
The Kentucky Attorney General issues effective dates for all bills without specific effective dates specifically listed in the legislation. This bill will likely become effective in late June 2019. IAAPA will send around an updated alert when an actual effective date has been established.