Friday, April 23, 2010

Tragedy In Putnam County Leads To New Law

The Senate sent to the governor Thursday a bill requiring residential swimming pools installed after next Jan. 1 to have a motion-detecting pool alarm. It does not apply to pools installed before that date. The bill says that when an electrical inspection is required for the installation of a pool, the inspector may not give final approval for the electrical wiring unless a properly functioning swimming pool alarm has been installed. A violation would be punishable by a fine of up to $100 and up to $500 on second and subsequent offenses. The bill designates the act as "Katie Beth's Law," named after Katie Beth Maynard, 17-month-old granddaughter of state Sen. Charlotte Burks of Monterey, the bill's Senate sponsor.