A safety bill that had originally given the industry pause is one step closer to being passed. The legislation, AB 470, now has support from the California Pool & Spa Association. Meant to increase the number of safety devices required on new and significantly renovated pools from one to two, the bill has passed its first house. Bills in the state had to reach this point by the end of July or be considered dead. If passed, the legislation also will mandate that residential pools be inspected before a home is sold to ensure it meets safety codes. CPSA lobbied for the removal of certain clauses that it felt could lay the groundwork for unreasonable regulations in the future. With those sections gone, the organization now supports the bill. It has until Aug. 30 to pass.