Pasadena Star News: Portantino introduces legislation in wake of 6-year-old’s drowning at Altadena camp

Monday, February 10 2020

State Senator Anthony Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) partnered with Pasadena parents Doug Forbes and Elena Matyas to introduce legislation on Monday, Feb. 10, which aims to provide more oversight of California summer camps.

The Roxie Rules Act, otherwise known as SB 955, comes months after Forbes and Matyas’ daughter, Roxie, drowned at the Altadena-based Summerkids Camp in June.

“California sadly trails well behind many other states in regulating recreational camps,” said a news release from Portantino’s office. “Thirty-eight states have some sort of statewide camp regulations while California does not. This bill will correct this clear omission in state law and bring camps in line with other regulated services, such as daycare facilities.”

The bill see its first committee hearing next month, the release said. It has until August to pass both houses of the legislature. If it can leap those hurdles and Gov. Gavin Newsom signs it into law, the bill would take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.


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