Brown’s Bill to Make AEDs Available in Schools Sent for Governor’s Approval
4/9/2014
HARRISBURG – In an effort to assist Pennsylvania schools to acquire automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), the House passed legislation, sponsored by Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike), to establish a new AED program within the state Department of Education (PDE). The bill has been sent to the governor for his final approval.

“Nearly 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest each year,” said Brown. “Not only is it impossible to predict when a sudden cardiac arrest will occur, but there is currently no law requiring public schools to have AEDs available in case one of our students has a health emergency.”

House Bill 974 would direct the PDE to issue an invitation for bids every two years for the costs of the AEDs. The department would then permit any school to purchase the devices at the lowest contract bid price. The ultimate effect would be that schools could obtain AEDs at significant cost savings, possibly increasing the number of AEDs installed in schools.

Brown’s legislation would allow AEDs to be purchased with Pennsylvania Accountability Block Grant and educational improvement tax credit (EITC) funds, giving schools flexibility in how they finance the purchase.

The bill was 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.

Act 4 of 2001 directed the PDE to provide 1,083 free AEDs to schools districts, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools. An additional 899 AEDs were purchased by school entities at a reduced cost through the program. House Bill 974 would help schools replace those devices that were purchased in 2001, and are no longer under warranty.

“This bill could help increase the chances of survival of sudden cardiac arrest victims in our schools, and is an enhancement to make it easier for schools across Pennsylvania to become fully prepared in this type of health emergency,” Brown said.

Visit YouTube.com/RepBrown to view her comments made on the House floor on Monday related to this legislation.

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
717.705.2032
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