New AED laws passed in New York, Maine, Illinois, and Tennessee


New York state has enacted laws requiring automated external defibrillators(AEDs) in health clubs and dental offices. Assembly Bill 3798, sponsored by Assemblymember Mike Spano, amends the state’s general business law to require that AEDs be available at health clubs during business hours when the clubs are staffed. Senate Bill 2923, sponsored by Senator Martin J. Golden, requires AEDs in dental facilities. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the bills into law earlier this month. For more information about New York AEDs, please contact Cardiac Science AED specialist Doug Comstock.

Maine has enacted a bill requiring defibrillators in all health club gyms. The legislation requires that personnel at the health clubs and gyms be trained in AED use. Maine LD 1073 was sponsored by Representative Alan M. Casavant. You can contact Cardiac Science AED specialistMarc Savino for more information about Maine AEDs.

In IllinoisHouse Bill 1549, which provides Good Samaritan coverage for anyone who has successfully completed American heart Association or American Red Cross AED training, has passed both houses of the state legislature. The Good Samaritan Act protects trained AED users from liability as long as they act in good faith. The bill was sent to Governor Pat Quinn for signature June 7. For more information on Illinois AEDs, please contact AED specialist Scott Barnes.

Tennessee HB 1633 (SB 1443) was signed into law May 5. It It requires that the first AED received by a school be placed in a location that can be readily accessed and particularly at a location that can be readily accessed from areas used for physical education or activity. Cardiac Science AED specialist Mike Castleman can provide information on Tennessee AEDs.

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