The House adopted a resolution Tuesday that declares May as "Water Safety Awareness Month" and calls for the legislation to be distributed to superintendents of the state's public school districts.
State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, filed the resolution as a way to try to prevent summertime drownings. Originally he had wanted schools to provide swimming lessons and water safety instruction, but he backed off those plans, for now, when he didn't get the support needed to pass a new law.
He said he will continue to push for schools to do more.
The resolution passed in the days after 15-year-old Jaq'Coy Garrett of Awendaw died of drowning in the Intracoastal Waterway on Sunday. Garrett had been crab-fishing, according to authorities.