Proposed Legislation to Modify the Abigail Taylor Pool Safety Act

Last week a new piece of legislation was proposed by Representative Larry Howes (R) District: 04B which we believe undermines the integrity and effectiveness of the Abigail Taylor Pool Safety Act. We are working with the CPSC, the MDH and representatives from both the House and the Senate to discuss and understand the ramifications. You can see the changes he is proposing. Stay tuned. H.F. No. 2784, as introduced – 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010)Posted on Feb 05, 2010
1.1 A bill for an act
1.2 relating to health; modifying the definition of public pool; amending Minnesota
1.3 Statutes 2008, section 144.1222, subdivision 4.
1.5 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 144.1222, subdivision 4, is amended to
1.6 read:
1.7 Subd. 4. Definitions. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have
1.8 the meanings given them.
1.9 (b) “ASME/ANSI standard” means a safety standard accredited by the American
1.10 National Standards Institute and published by the American Society of Mechanical
1.11 Engineers.
1.12 (c) “ASTM standard” means a safety standard issued by ASTM International,
1.13 formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials.
1.14 (d) “Public pool” means any pool other than a private residential pool, that is: (1)
1.15 open to the public generally, whether for a fee or free of charge; (2) open exclusively to
1.16 members of an organization and their guests; (3) open to residents of a multiunit apartment
1.17 building, or apartment complex, residential real estate development, or other multifamily
1.18 residential area; (4) open to patrons of a hotel or lodging or other public accommodation
1.19 facility; or (5) operated by a person in a park, school, licensed child care facility, group
1.20 home, motel, camp, resort, club, condominium, manufactured home park, or political
1.21 subdivision with the exception of swimming pools at family day care homes licensed
1.22 under section 245A.14, subdivision 11, paragraph (a). A swimming pool operated by a
1.23 common interest community, under section 515B.1-103, clause (10), that is open to its
2.1 residents and their guests, but is not open to the public generally, is not a “public pool” for
2.2 purposes of this section and sections 157.16 and 157.20.
2.3 (e) “Unblockable suction outlet or drain” means a drain of any size and shape that a
2.4 human body cannot sufficiently block to create a suction entrapment hazard and meets
2.5 ASME/ANSI standards.