House Passes KLC Initiative Easing Pool Regulations 

The House voted on Wednesday, 80-14, to pass a KLC initiative sponsored by Rep. Kevin Jackson, R-Bowling Green, that eases regulations on Kentucky’s public pools.

House Bill 109, would allow pools to reopen that shut down due to overburdensome regulations by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which changed the lifeguard rules in 2022.

The legislation classifies pools under two categories: Class A and Class B.

Class A pools are those that are intended for use by the public, and Class B pools are those that are not open to the public but do cater to guests, like health clubs, country clubs, and residential communities.

The bill would require a lifeguard on duty for all Class A and B pools if the pool allows those 17 years or younger without an adult, or contains waves or slides, or if a diving board is in use. Pools that meet those criteria must provide one lifeguard per 100 bathers. Class A pools must require a lifeguard if they are 2,000 sq ft or over.

“I want to be clear – this does not affect pools at private residences. We have crafted this legislation to specifically deal with pools that are open to the public or invited guests under certain specific instances,” Jackson said from the House Floor.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.