Brown’s Bill to Further Protect Student Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest Heads to House

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania is one step closer to further protecting its students from sudden cardiac arrest, as legislation authored by Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) recently passed unanimously in the House Education Committee to require schools across the state to hold public hearings to consider acquiring automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for their school buildings.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is a deadly force that strikes unexpectedly without any forewarning, and we have personally experienced it at one of our local schools in 2000,” said Brown. “My legislation would help ensure that our schools give the attention to AEDs through hosting public hearings.”

This legislation is inspired by the late Greg Moyer, formerly of East Stroudsburg, who died of sudden cardiac arrest during a high school basketball game in December 2000. He was 15.

House Bill 974, if enacted, would give school entities 90 days to assemble a public hearing regarding obtaining AEDs. Representatives from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross would also be invited to participate in these public hearings.

Under this bill, a “school entity” would include vocational and technical schools, charter and cyber-charter schools, intermediate units and public school districts.

“I live and breathe AEDs every day,” said Moyer. “We know AEDs can save kids, and it’s so important that schools recognize the need to purchase AEDS, just as they would recognize the need to buy classroom iPods or a smart board.”

Last year, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to protect student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest through passage of Act 159 of 2012. Act 159 requires coaches, parents, sports officials and athletic trainers to be aware of symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest and require a medical examination and clearance for students who display such signs during practices or games.

“House Bill 974 aims to help protect our children, staff and educators during a medical emergency,” said Brown. This legislation now heads to the full House for consideration.

For more legislative information, visit Brown’s website at or follow her legislative Facebook page at

Representative Rosemary M. Brown
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Lauren Whetzel
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