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Florida law to go national?

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, who championed a swimming pool safety act as a Florida legislator, is on track to take it nationally.

Her "Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act" cleared a House committee this week and is headed to the House floor, where she expects it to pass.

The bill would provide money to states that pass swimming pool safety legislation to help prevent childhood drowning - the second leading cause of accidental death among children one to 14.

The national bill uses as its model a Florida law that Wasserman Schultz got passed in 2000, after years of trying.

"Enacting national comprehensive pool and spa safety has been one of my top priorities since my days as a state legislator," Wasserman Schultz said.

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