Prompted by the drowning deaths of students in public schools, the state House of Representatives unanimously approved a bipartisan bill Wednesday to increase safety in swimming pools and help prevent future tragedies.
By a vote of 140 to 0, lawmakers approved House Bill 5113 as lawmakers said that improvements were needed in order to quickly detect students struggling in the water. Lawmakers called for having two adults in the pool area because one person cannot see everything that is happening in a crowded pool that is filled with students.
“This is a great bill that addresses a problem that had not been addressed before,” said Rep. Jeffrey Berger, a Waterbury Democrat. “It’s groundbreaking.”