Amendment #1 to S.2075

An Act improving water safety for children in the Commonwealth

recommend that the bill be amended The Committee on Ways and Means recommends that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the following:

SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 90B of the of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following definition:- "Amphibious landing vehicle”, a motor vehicle that can travel on land and water.

SECTION 2. Section 5A of said chapter 90B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the first sentence the following sentence:- Each amphibious landing vehicle shall have 1 Coast Guard approved personal flotation device of Type I, II or III that shall be in a readily accessible location for each passenger under 10 years of age.

SECTION 3. Said chapter 111 is hereby further amended by inserting after section 127A the following section:-

Section 127A½. (a) A board of health shall adopt rules or regulations requiring recreational camps for minor children under its jurisdiction to have a system in place to have Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices of Type I, II or III available to non-swimmers and at-risk swimmers who will be present in a swimming or diving area, excluding swimming pools, wading pools and other artificial bodies of water.

(b) A determination shall be made of each minor’s swimming ability at the first swimming session at a recreational camp in order to identify and classify non-swimmers and at-risk swimmers. Minors attending a recreational camp shall then be confined to swimming areas consistent with the limits of their swimming skills or to swimming areas requiring lesser skills than those for which they have been classified.

(c) No recreational camp for minor children shall refuse, decline or otherwise prohibit a parent, guardian or person with custody of a minor from providing a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device of Type I, II or III to such recreational camp to be used by the minor for the duration of the minor’s attendance at such camp.