Brown’s Bill to Initiate Discussion on Acquiring AEDs in Pennsylvania Public Schools Passes House
10/8/2013
HARRISBURG – In an effort to actively promote a safer environment for student athletes in Pennsylvania, the state House voted in favor of Rep. Rosemary M. Brown’s (R-Monroe/Pike) measure requiring all public school entities to hold a public meeting and vote on the need for automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in each of their schools.

“A lot of people are not aware that AEDs are not required in public school buildings under our current state law,” said Brown. “It’s estimated that nearly 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest each year, and it is my hope that this bill will create proactivity when it comes to having AEDs available in case one of our students has a health emergency.”

Brown’s bill would not require schools to acquire AEDs. It does however require each public school district to have an open hearing with parents and others in the community on the need for AEDs within their schools and then vote on a decision.

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

“Twelve years ago, our son Greg, who was 15 at the time, died on the basketball court in a public high school,” said John and Rachel Moyer. “Following his death, Pennsylvania legislators passed a law that gave two AEDs to each school district in Pennsylvania. Many school districts recognized the need for AEDs in schools and have followed through with continuing the availability of AEDs in school buildings and on their playing fields. Many lives have been saved as a result of this effort. Unfortunately since then, some school districts haven’t updated their AEDs and haven’t made them available in all their schools.”

House Bill 974, if enacted, would give “school entities,” which includes vocational and technical schools, charter and cyber-charter schools, intermediate units and public school districts, 90 days to assemble a public hearing regarding obtaining AEDs.

“We are thankful that House Bill 974 has passed through the House,” the Moyers said. “This is a public issue that has the potential to save lives and parents should be aware as to whether their schools have AEDs immediately available if their child should need it. No parent should suffer the loss of a child to cardiac arrest when the availability of an AED at their school could have saved his or her life.”

With October being Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month, Brown hopes this measure will be brought before the Senate for its consideration and timely passed in honor of Greg and his family.

House Bill 974 has been sent to the Senate for its consideration.

For more information on this bill, or any state-related issue, contact Brown’s district office in East Stroudsburg located at 696 Seven Bridge Road, Suite 101, East Stroudsburg, by calling 570-420-8301. Information on current legislation can also be found on RepBrown.com and Facebook.com/RepBrown.

Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Krisinda Corbin
kcorbin@pahousegop.com
RepBrown.com / Facebook.com/RepBrown

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