Michael Cunningham Act Passes First Legislative Hurdle

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Mar 22, 2013 1 Comment ›› Susan Miley

The Michael Cunningham Act unanimously passed out of the WV House Judiciary Committee yesterday evening.  Delegate Tim Miley, Judiciary Chairman and lead sponsor of the bill, stated, “I am honored to have been asked by the family of Michael Cunningham to sponsor and help pass legislation that will hopefully prevent another tragedy like that suffered by the Cunningham family.  Our entire community felt the loss of losing Michael and if the legislation requiring marina and boat dock safety can save even one life, then it is well worth the effort and will have established Michael’s legacy.”

Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham (photo courtesy of Kevin Cunningham)

Michael Cunningham’s death occurred tragically on May 29, 2010 due to Electric Shock Drowning (“ESD”).   Michael’s parents, Kevin and Amy (D’Anselmi) Cunningham, his brother Ben, along with other family members attended the committee meeting.  Kevin spoke to the committee asking for their support to pass this bill.  He reinforced the importance of protecting West Virginia marinas stating, “We need to stop this before other people have to go through what we go through on a daily basis missing our son.”

HB3020 strengthening boat and marina safety will now head to the West Virginia House Finance Committee.

Listen to the House Judiciary Committee and Mr. Cunningham’s request: (Mr. Cunningham’s request begins at 26:40)

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The introduced version of the  Michael Cunningham Act


  1. Patty Snyder says:

    Pray that the West Virginia House Finance Committee pass this bill HB3020. This tragedy should not have happened & this bill will help prevent it from ever happening again! My prayers are with the Cunningham families.