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LaBianca Elected to Arizona Investment Council Board

Margaret LaBianca, an attorney and shareholder with Polsinelli, has been elected to the Arizona Investment Council (AIC) Board of Directors. LaBianca brings to the board extensive experience in energy, natural resources, and environmental regulatory compliance, utilization of public lands, and strategic development.

“I am honored to be elected to the Arizona Investment Council. The work of the Council has a significant positive impact on Arizona. I look forward to working with the board to achieve its goals and further support the development of Arizona’s energy infrastructure,” said LaBianca.

LaBianca will serve a two-year term. “We are excited to have Margaret join the board. Her commitment and knowledge in the field of energy and natural resources will bring additional strength to the board as we work to carry out the objectives in our 2013 strategic plan” said Gary Yaquinto, president and CEO of the Arizona Investment Council.

LaBianca is the current Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section and past Chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association Environmental Law Section. In 2012 she was recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business and ranked by Chambers USA: American’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the category of Environmental. She earned her B.A. from Simmons College, her M.A. from Columbia University, and her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law magna cum laude.

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Pool Safety: Preventing Child Pool Drownings

With the summer just beginning, practice pool safety; ensure your pool and spa area in your backyard is safe, to prevent child drownings.


So far this year, 14 pool-related drowning incidents by children have occurred in the state. In 2011 alone, 27 children died from drowning, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS).

This summer, keep your kids safe (especially around the backyard pool) by taking the following precautions, provided by the Arizona Insurance Council (AIC):

  • Add a barrier between the pool and your home; make it difficult for your kids to get to the pool by installing a pool fence. Ensure it has self-closing, self-latching gates and a door alarm that sounds when a door is opened from inside the home, says Ron Williams, executive director of the AIC.
  • Secure all doors, gates and pets doors that lead to the pool area.
  • Ensure your pool has compliant drain covers.
  • Keep toys away from pool areas, and secure spas with childproof covers.
  • Teach children how to swim.
  • Take the phone with you to the pool; in case of an emergency, dial 911 immediately.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that you have a pool safety toolkit near your pool or spa so you are ready to respond quickly to anything that may happen:

  • A first aid kit
  • A pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing or a pool cover, if needed
  • A charged portable telephone to call 911
  • A flotation device

For more information about AIC or the CPSC, visit azinsurance.org or cpsc.gov, respectively.

For more information about pool safety, visit poolsafely.gov.