Pool at Sterling on the Lake, a suburban Atlanta community developed by Newland Communities.
Newland Communities Pool at Sterling on the Lake, a suburban Atlanta community developed by Newland Communities.

Georgia’s governor vetoed a bill that proposed to exempt semipublic pools from inspections.

House Bill 219, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick), would have allowed pools at country clubs, townhome associations, subdivisions and condominiums to opt out of state inspections and regulations.

Many in the pool industry considered it a dangerous measure that would have jeopardized the safety of the nearly 7 million people who use these pools.

Gov. Nathan Deal agreed and vetoed the bill on May 3.

In a press release, Deal stated that such a law would prevent families from feeling secure about the safety of the public pools in which they swim.

“Just as Georgians enjoy the protections provided by public health inspections of restaurants where they eat, they expect an equivalent safeguard with respect to the pools where they swim,” he said.

This is a victory for APSP’s Georgia chapter which had vigorously fought against the bill, in part by enlisting other interested industries such as the insurance industry. The legislation was originally proposed because of the frustrations of a condo owner who fell victim to an overzealous health inspector. Some saw it as part of a growing movement among lawmakers to reduce public health regulations and, by extension, government costs.