California panel defeats cruise safety legislation

06/25/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A California Assembly committee rejected a bill that would have put "ocean rangers," who are combined certified peace officers and licensed marine engineers, on board cruise ships that sail out of the state's ports. Cruise lines strongly opposed the legislation, and there were concerns that a legal and jurisdictional mess would ensue. Travel agents and cruise industry executives say crime isn't a major issue aboard ships, and therefore, the legislation wasn't necessary.

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