BISMARCK (AP) - North Dakota's Senate has rejected a measure that would have allowed a rearview mirror to replace observers on boats towing water-skiers.
The Senate voted 31-16 Monday to dump the measure. North Dakota's House overwhelmingly approved the measure in January by a vote of 78-9.
Democratic Sen. Phil Murphy of Portland says North Dakota law used to allow the driver of a boat to use a mirror to monitor a water-skier being towed behind the vessel. But he says its common sense to have an observer on board while water-skiing.
The mirror described in the failed measure would have had to have been at least 78 square inches. That's more than five times the size of a typical automobile rearview mirror.