An update on state AED legislation, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of our roundup about legislation concerning automated external defibrillators (AEDs) currently before state legislatures. You can read Part 1 here.

Illinois AED legislation: HB 4661 (the Mass Transit Defibrillator bill), introduced by Representative Jack Franks in October, 2009, is before the House Committee on Government Operations. It would require that the Chicago Transportation Authority, the Suburban Bus Board, and the Commuter Rail Board ensure that all trains and buses used for public transport have at least one automated external defibrillator on board. After two amendments in committees, it currently tabled. Illinois AED Specialist and Regional Manager Todd Van Niel and AED Specialist Scott Barnes (Southern Illinois).

Michigan AED legislation: SB 420, an act to require AEDs in law enforcement vehicles, was introduced by Senator Gilda Jacobs in April, 2009. It remains in the Senate Judiciary Committee.Michigan AED Specialist and Regional Manager Todd Van Niel.

New Jersey AED legislation:

AB 781 and SB 393 “(Janet’s Law”) would require public schools, recreational fields and youth camps to have automated external defibrillators for youth athletic events, and public schools to include pupil training in CPR and AED use. Introduced in both houses in January, it is now in committee, along with AB 1036, proposed by Assemblyman Joseph R. Malone to require placement of AEDs in public schools and including provisions for maintaining AEDs and training school staff. Also before the Education committees: SB 1519, requiring AEDs in public school buildings; AR 99 (Assemblyman John M. Bramnick) encouraging PTAs and community groups to raise money for school defibrillators; and SR 75, urging boards of education to improve staff and student preparedness for sudden cardiac arrest and to purchase AEDs.

AB 104, sponsored by Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi, would create a defibrillator grant program in the state Department of Health and Senior Services. The program would reimburse the cost of one defibrillator per municipality, and the devices covered by the grant are for use by law enforcement. The bill, introduced in January, is the in Health and Senior Services Committee. AB 225, sponsored by Assemblywoman Joan M. Quigley, would require that automated external defibrillators be placed on every floor of State House and State House Annex. The bill, introduced in January, has been referred the the committee on Law and Public Safety.

SB 1318, introduced in February, would require the placement of defibrillators on certain trains. Specifically, “This bill would require the New Jersey Transit Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the PATH trains, and the Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the PATCO speedline, to supply and maintain an automated external defibrillator on every railroad train set or rapid transit train set used by these entities within two years of the effective date of this bill.” The bill’s sponsor is Senator Thomas Goodwin.

AB 1774 and SB 1059, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Senator Jennifer Black, would provide immunity from civil liability to anyone who in good faith uses an automated external defibrillator in an emergency. It amends current state laws and provisions. The bill is in the Judiciary Committee.

For more information about New Jersey, contact New Jersey AED Specialist Brian Vaughn.

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