Jeb Says You Don’t Pass A Law Just Because A Kid Drowns–Which He Did
Jeb “stuff happens” Bush doesn’t think laws are the answer to deal with safety issues like guns, or when a kid drowns in a pool. Only, passing a law after a child drowned is exactly what Jeb Bush did as governor of Florida:
After the House voted 109-8 for the bill on Friday, Preston met Gov. Jeb Bush, who committed to signing a bill that requires new pool owners to pick a way to keep unsupervised children out of the water.
That’s the Sun-Sentinel’s Tallahassee bureau, reporting in May 2000 on a law requiring pool fences, named after a child—Preston de Ibern—who nearly drowned. Florida’s Preston de Ibern/McKenzie Merriam Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act was pushed for three years by then-state rep. (and current Democratic National Committee chair) Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and finally signed by Gov. Jeb! despite its inherent imposition of burdens on large numbers of people.