Senator Melisa Franzen Receives National Award for Work on Sophia’s Law
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senator Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, was recognized today with the Garner Leadership Award from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The Garner Award was given to Sen. Franzen for her work on Sophia’s Law to protect boaters from carbon monoxide poisoning.
“I am honored to receive this award in memory of seven-year-old Sophia Baechler, who tragically passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning. While carbon monoxide detectors are common in homes, many people don’t think to have them on their boats – a risk that can lead to tragic accidents like Sophia’s. We passed Sophia’s Law to educate people about this danger and prevent risks from carbon monoxide poising,” said Franzen.
“Our work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and industry organizations helped Minnesota enact the first comprehensive carbon monoxide law for boaters in the United States. Our state stands out as a leader in boating safety and Sophia’s Law will prevent future tragedies related to carbon monoxide,” continued Franzen.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety in all 50 states. The Garner Leadership Award was created in honor of William B. Garner, who has made significant contributions to boating safety in Alabama and across the country. The award is presented to those responsible for state or federal safe boating policies.