It has been a successful day in Springfield, where two of our top-priority bills passed Senate committees earlier this afternoon! HB 3724, a bill which will make CPR and AED training a mandatory part of IL’s high-school curriculum, passed the Senate Education Committee, while HB 5742, a bill which will allow the state to recognize comprehensive stroke centers and fund the creation of a state stroke registry (among other things), passed the Senate Public Health Committee, clearing the way for final votes on both bills on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.
The Laman, and the Bell family, House and Senate Sponsors (pictured below) spoke at the Illinois Senate Education Committee hearing yesterday in support of the two bills. It's worth noting that while this is a big step in the right direction and will make CPR/AED training according to AHA/ARC standards a mandatory part of the curriculum for schools, we'll still need to work via the rules process and likely via additional legislation in the coming years to go the final step and make it that training a graduation requirement for students.
Read more about this important bill in this Chicago Tribune article.