Texas Legislative Update

photo of Texas state capitolTwo bills that affect the pool and spa industry in Texas are making their way through senate and house committees in the state capitol in Austin.

On April 26, Senate Bill 710, which would require the disclosure of a main drain in a pool or spa when a homeowner sells a property in Texas, was passed by a senate committee and moved to the senate floor, where it also passed.

In the committee hearing, representatives from the Aquatic Professionals Education Council (APEC), an industry advocacy group in Texas, spoke in support of the bill, which they say will increase awareness of the dangers of main drains in pools and increase safety modifications in pools equipped with them.

The bill now moves onto the Texas House of Representatives, where it awaits referral to a committee. APEC's Jake Posey and Steve Koebele will attend the committee meetings to continue to lobby for the bill's passage.

Also pending in the House is HB 833, which deals with pool pump efficiency. The bill currently resides in the House Energy Resources Committee, where it faces opposition from several Republican lawmakers.

Full texts of the bills are posted on the association's website, www.apectexas.org.

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