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Legislator seeks law reducing school pool hazards

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published January 04. 2013 9:00AM   Updated January 04. 2013 9:08AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A key state lawmaker is pressing for stronger pool safety measures in Connecticut schools following the deaths of two students in swim classes last year.

The Hartford Courant reports that state Rep. Stephen D. Dargan a West Haven Democrat who is House chairman of the Public Safety Committee, is introducing legislation to establish a uniform policy on school pool safety to reduce hazards.

The newspaper said its review last year found that safety standards in children's swim classes vary throughout Connecticut. They range from stringent requirements governing state-licensed organizations and youth camps to more vague guidelines in public schools.

Manchester High School freshman Malvrick Donkor drowned at the school's pool in November.

In January 2012, 15-year-old Marcum Asiamah drowned in a swim class at East Hartford High School.

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