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'Tyler's Law' passes to hold skydiving instructors accountable

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new bill into law over the weekend that makes owners and operators of skydiving facilities more accountable when things go awry.

Since 2000, 15 people have died in skydiving accidents connected to the Lodi Parachute Center, which is what prompted the quest to passing the bill, known as "Tyler's Law." 

Tyler's Law is in memory of 18-year-old Tyler Turner and skydiving instructor 25-year-old Yong Kwon, who died during a tandem jump in August 2016. 

The law will require owners and operators to make sure tandem jump instructors and parachute riggers are certified. Authorities later learned Kwon was not properly certified.

It will go into effect Jan. 1.  

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