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Governor Jindal signs AED bill into law!

by Elizabeth W. on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Louisiana's 2012 legislative session came to an end on Monday, June 4th.  Here's a recap of several issues we worked on.

Obesity Prevention: 

House Bill 993 by Representative Patrick Williams would have required day care facilities to institute a minimum daily level of physical activity and maximum daily level of sedentary activity for children in their care.  This bill failed in the House Health and Welfare committee.  The Department of Family and Child Services opposed the bill because they want to make this policy change regulatory.

House Bill 1088 by Representative Cameron Henry creates a Targeted Coordinated School Health Pilot Program within the LA State Department of Education that will allow them to apply for and collect grant money that will be used in targeted school districts for the specific purpose of increasing the health, nutrition and physical activity in schools.  We sought an appropriation to fund this program in the general budget, but did not receive it.

Tobacco Control: 

House Bill 378 by Representative Frank Hoffmann would have prohibited outdoor smoking within 25 feet of certain exterior locations of buildings and other enclosed areas where smoking is currently prohibited.  It made it out of the full House and the Senate Health and Welfare committee, but died on the Senate floor after several harmful and weakening amendments were added to it.

Acute Care: 

The Governor signed House Bill 362 by Representative Katrina Jackson into law.  The bill requires automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in high schools that participate in interscholastic activities.

House Committee Resolution (HCR) 78 by Representative Pat Smith creates a study committee to study the detection and prevention of heart disease in student athletes.

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