The East Hampton Press is reporting that an East Hampton Town Councilman is proposing legislation that would mandate all homeowners install steps in their pools to keep household pets from drowning. If passed, the law would be retroactive and apply to all pools that currently exist in town. Those who fail to install steps could be issued a notice of violation by town building inspectors. As good as the intentions behind the proposal might be, it faces a great deal of opposition from Bill "You Don't Need To Like Me" Wilkinson. He's against putting the bill up to a public hearing at all and thinks the town should stay out of dog safety business: "...stop it. You have to take some responsibility to yourself." [27 East, subscription required]
Update: Common sense won the day.