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Pool Safety Measure Introduced In California Legislature

This week, a proposal was introduced in the California State Legislature to amend the Swimming Pool Safety Act. This measure, AB 470, was amended by Assembly Member Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas) in a process known as a “gut and amend”, where the original contents of a bill are stripped out and replaced with something entirely new. This process is often used to introduce new bills after the deadline to submit original ones has passed, or in the case of AB 470 because the supporters of the bill had a difficult time finding a Legislator who was willing to carry it. AB 470 is supported by a coalition of many different groups who produced the Unintentional Injury Prevention Strategic Plan Project in hopes of reducing the number of unintentional deaths and injuries of children in California.

Increasing swimming pool safety is the top item on the list of actions in the Unintentional Injury Prevention Strategic Plan, and focuses on increasing the barrier requirements for swimming pools in California. The Plan states that “drowning continues to be the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children under the age of 5,” and because of this “California’s Pool Safety Act must be updated to specify what barriers are required to prevent a child from getting to the pool unsupervised.” …Read more

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