ATLANTA (WFXG) - Georgia lawmakers have introduced a new bill to enact "Izzy's Law" which would provide clearer safety plans for private swim instructors.

The proposed bill is listed on the Georgia General Assembly website as:

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 31 of the O.C.G.A., relating to health, so as to enact "Izzy's Law"; to provide that the Department of Public Health shall develop and make available for download from its internet website a model aquatic safety plan based on national standards for private swim instructors; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

This push for new legislation comes after the drowning of four-year-old Israel Scott, who drowned during swim instruction in Burke County back in June 2022. The instructor, Lexie Tenhuisen, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The bill is sponsored by thirteen state senators:

  1. Sen. Max Burns (R, Sylvania)
  2. Sen. Harold Jones, II (D, Augusta)
  3. Sen. Shawn Still (R, 48th District)
  4. Sen. John Kennedy (R, Macon)
  5. Sen. Steve Gooch (R, Dahlonega)
  6. Sen. Gloria Butler (D, Stone Mountain)
  7. Sen. Lee Anderson (R, Grovetown)
  8. Sen. Billy Hickman (R, 4th District)
  9. Sen. Matt Brass (R, Newnan)
  10. Sen. Rick Williams (R, Milledgeville)
  11. Sen. Chuck Payne (R, Dalton)
  12. Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick (R, Marietta)
  13. Sen. Mike Hodges (R, 3rd District)

You can read the full proposed bill below:


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