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An Update from Albany

by Julianne H. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CPR trainings: AHA recently held a second CPR training day at the state Capitol where lawmakers, staff and visitors could receive free hands-only CPR training.  Did you know Idaho recently became the 13th state to pass CPR in Schools legislation?  Don’t all students in New York deserve the same?  Send a message to lawmakers today to let them know it is time to make CPR in Schools a reality in NYS:  http://www.supportcprinschools.org/

Brianna’s Law passes NYS Assembly:  Legislation to ensure all police officers are certified in CPR every two years passed the NYS Assembly.   American Heart Association volunteers participated in a press conference with the bill sponsors to urge passage of the bill.

Budget: Budget negotiations are in full swing.  Volunteers from the AHA will be headed to Albany to tell lawmakers to make obesity prevention and tobacco control a top priority!   Here’s the next step: Both houses will introduce their one house proposals and then meet for public conference committees.  The state budget is due April 1.

Stroke: In addition, AHA promoted stroke awareness at the Capitol by distributing materials to increase awareness of the warning signs and risk factors for stroke. The materials were available to the public and lawmakers.

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