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Banner Year for Georgia Advocacy!

by Julie H. on Friday, May 10, 2013

2013 has proven to be a banner year for the American Heart Association at the Georgia State Capitol.  Our two main priority issues – CPR in Schools and Shared Use – have now become the law of the land.  We could not have done it without amazing grassroots support!

On Thursday, May 2 Governor Nathan Deal signed the CPR in Schools bill, Senate Bill 212, into law.  The bill requires all Georgia students to receive hands-on instruction in CPR before they graduate, beginning in the 2013-14 school-year.  CPR will be offered to students as part of the existing health or physical education curriculum in Georgia’s high schools.  Considering most cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital, it is important we train the next generation in this life-saving skill so they can be prepared to save a life whether at home, a football stadium or the mall. 

Bill sponsor, Senator Jeff Millis (R-Chickamauga), hosted an impressive bill signing ceremony at Dade County High School in Trenton, Georgia with hundreds of students, parents, EMS professionals, and community/civic leaders in attendance.  Click here to thank Governor Deal and Senator Mullis for their support today!

A few days later on Tuesday, May 7 Governor Deal signed our Shared Use legislation, House Bill 382, into law.  This legislation sponsored by Representative Jay Powell and Senator Josh McKoon removes a barrier for schools to open up their facilities including gyms, playgrounds and tracks by clarifying that liability rests on the user not the school system when they chose to open up their facilities outside of school hours.

Again, thank you to all Georgia You're the Cure advocates for your amazing support!  These successes are possible because of you.

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