Bill That Would Require Restaurants to Secure Grease Traps Passes House Committee
February 27, 2018
SB 258, known as the Sadie Grace Andrews Act, sponsored by Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn), received a favorable report in the House Health Committee last week. In the committee meeting, Senator Whatley explained that SB 258 would require restaurants that utilize grease traps provide locking manhole covers or secure covers that cannot be manipulated by human weight.
Every restaurant must have a grease trap to prevent grease from entering the municipal sewer system, but there is no set standard regarding locking or securing covers.
Representative Joe Lovvorn (R-Auburn), who sponsored the companion legislation in the House, was present at the committee meeting and explained that most restaurants are already compliant with the provisions of SB 258, and that it was filed in response to a young girl who fell and drowned in an unsecured grease trap in his hometown. More information on that story can be found here. SB 258 aims to prevent tragedies like this from occurring again by creating a civil penalty for commercial food service establishments who fail to comply.
SB 258 has already passed the Senate and moves to the House for consideration.