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RE: PoltiFact Inquiry and response

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Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:51:24 -0500

From:

Sarah Gomez

To:

Ciara O'Rourke <corourke@statesman.com>

Hi Ciara-

 

Senator Van de Putte has filed pool safety legislation the past three sessions.  However, the bills are more extensive than the one from this year.

 

Last session the bill was SB 96.  In the 80th it was SB 971 and in the 79th, it was SB 654.   Before that, I do not know if she had any legislation.  Hope this helps.

 

Sarah

 

From: Ciara O'Rourke [mailto:corourke@statesman.com]

Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:43 PM

To: Sarah Gomez

Subject: Re: PoltiFact Inquiry and response

 

Has she filed similar legislation in past sessions?

Ciara O'Rourke

PolitiFact Texas staff writer

Austin American-Statesman

 

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On 3/15/2011 10:20 AM, Sarah Gomez wrote:

Hi Ciara-

The last link I previously gave you from Pool and Spa News notes the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) record and states, "Since the 1980s, there have been at least 147 entrapment incidents documented, resulting in 36 deaths.”  Further, the article explains, " Between January 1985 and March 2002, there were 147 confirmed, recorded suction entrapment incidences, according to CPSC records. Fifty-one of those were hair entanglement, 79 body or limb entrapments (including three eviscerations), four mechanical and 13 unknown. Of the 147 incidences, 36 resulted in deaths."

http://www.poolspanews.com/2003/102/102entrapment.html

Sarah

On 3/9/2011 11:09 AM, Sarah Gomez wrote:

Hi Ciara,

According to documents that supported the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, there were 147 incidents of swimming pool entrapment and 36 deaths since 1980.  The background from H.R. 1721 (110th Congress) states, "At least 33 children under the age of 14 died as a result of drain entrapment in the 20-year period between 1985 and 2004."  Further, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Safe Kids Worldwide notes that the number of entrapment deaths nationwide could be much higher than reported. Regardless, one child's death from swimming pool entrapment is one too many.

Sources used:

http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/T?&report=hr365&dbname=110&

http://www.safekids.org/assets/docs/ourwork/research/research-report-safe-kids-week-2006.pdf

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0605/02/lkl.01.html

http://www.greaterhoustonpool.com/files/What%20Every%20Board%20Should%20Know%20About%20the%20New%20Main%20Drain%20Law.pdf

http://www.allbusiness.com/environment-natural-resources/ecology/5471798-1.html

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_611450.html

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Public+pools+and+spas+must+comply+with+new+law+or+face+major+fines-a01611779289

http://www.poolspanews.com/2003/102/102entrapment.html

 

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Sarah

 

Sarah Gomez

Communications Director

Senator Van de Putte, R.Ph.