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Swimmingpool (Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Legislation that sets stronger pool safety measures following the recent deaths of two Connecticut students is advancing in the General Assembly.

The state House of Representatives voted Wednesday, 140-0, to approve a proposal establishing standards for people who can teach and supervise a physical education course using a swimming pool.

A student at Manchester High School and a youngster at East Hartford High School drowned last year in their school pools.

The legislature’s proposal would require an additional supervisor to be on hand at any course or athletic activity involving a school swimming pool. It would also mandate that school districts create a swimming pool safety plan and update it each year.

The bill now moves to the Senate and must be signed by the governor before becoming law.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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