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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Health says the state loses more children under the age of 5 to drowning than any other state.

Some state lawmakers hope to bring attention to it with a new law affecting state parks. Senate Bill 1484 would require lifeguards to keep post at Florida's state parks during peak swimming hours.

The intent is to make swimming safer for kids.

"Well, it's clear that without lifeguards, you're risking that people are going to die," said Rep. Elaine Schwartz, the house sponsor for the bill.

The bill has seen push back. Rep. Schwartz says the measure would cost the state more than $900,000.

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