Monday, March 15, 2010

Waters bill to make schools safer moving through House

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A bill that will make school structures safer and prevent dangers like roof collapses passed a first vote in the House Monday, one day before the anniversary of a Tempe school’s roof collapse.

House Bill 2760, sponsored by Rep. Rae Waters, D-Ahwatukee (District 20), requires that that each school adopts preventative maintenance guidelines for its buildings, including plumbing, electrical systems, heating, ventilation, and other special systems. It also recommends that roofing systems be inspected for signs of structural weakness by a licensed contractor.

“My hope is that this bill will ensure a safer learning environment for our children while at the same time improve our schools,” Waters said. “The value of education is only as good as the structures that support and maintain it, and improved infrastructure puts us one step closer in getting Arizona on the right track.”

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