CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) -- Supporters hoping the historic Delta Queen steamboat will travel again say the the U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that is a step forward.
The measure and a Senate version would temporarily exempt the National Historic Landmark from a ban on wooden boats making overnight trips with 50-plus passengers.
Both measures would need more approval.
The Delta Queen once plied the Mississippi and Ohio rivers but in recent years, has been docked in Chattanooga, Tenn. as a floating hotel.
Opponents say the wooden-structure is a fire trap. Supporters say safety improvements would be made.
Meanwhile, it's for sale. A New Orleans investor has shown interest in buying the steamboat.
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