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Issue:  HB 229 – Building Codes

 

Affects:  Those who operate public and semipublic outdoor inground swimming pools

 

Bottom Line:  Appears to be exempting older public and semi-public pools from accessibility requirements for an unobstructed walkway around the pool as well as exempting them from continuous recirculation of the water. Need more feedback from APSP members and information on current requirements to ascertain if this is something APSP can support or not.

 

Send comments to:  Jennifer Hatfield, jhatfield@apsp.org

 

Bill Summary:  Exempts public and semipublic outdoor inground swimming pools installed prior to January 1, 1998 from any regulation requiring a continuous walkway around the pool with a minimum width of four feet of unobstructed clear distance including a curb at the pool edge if such a curb is used; provided that such pools are be exempt from any regulation requiring continuous recirculation of the entire water supply so as to produce bubbles and are considered in compliance with this section so long as an appropriate amount of water has been filtered or circulated so as to maintain the clarity and cleanliness of the water.

 

Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure March 10, 2015. Hearing held January 6. The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, co-chaired by Senator Barbara L'Italien (D) and Representative Jennifer Benson (D), took no action on this measure. The sponsor testified that the measure is relative to pools with public access built prior to 1998. It was noted that the bill would assist these establishments and that if the pools were to shut down it would cause harm to residents in the community.

 

 

View proposed legislation:  https://malegislature.gov/Document/Bill/189/House/H229.pdf