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Nevada Legislative Update

by Joshua B. on Monday, June 10, 2013

By Christopher Roller

The 77th session of the Nevada Legislature adjourned on June 3rd.  It was a very successful session for the priorities of the American Heart Association.  We had established four priority bills heading into the session, and all four passed.  Three of those four were signed into law by Governor Sandoval.  SB167, the STEMI hospital recognition bill, passed and was signed by the Governor on May 24th.  Two of our priority bills were uncertain to pass and took right up until the end of session.  SB92, the newborn heart defect screening bill, signed by Governor Sandoval on June 3rd, and AB414, the CPR in schools bill, signed on June 5th.    Both took tremendous effort on the part of our staff and advocates, and would not have passed without the incredible contributions from you, our You’re the Cure networkers!  Please take a moment to respond to the “action alerts” thanking our legislative champions and Governor Sandoval for their support.  A fourth priority, the “menu labeling” bill passed the legislature, but unfortunately was vetoed by the Governor.  As you know, passing a bill and creating or changing a law is not an easy undertaking, so to see three out of four priorities make it through this difficult process is a testament to the dedication and perseverance of our advocates.  We will work in the coming months to implement these laws and ensure that they are effective in saving lives and contributing to our mission of building healthier lives and communities free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  Thank you!

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