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Alabama Session Update - Week 1

The 2018 Alabama Regular Session started on January 9 and can last until April 23, although there's talk of it ending much sooner. 

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Breaking News

  • On January 9, the Birmingham City Council Transportation Committee passed a complete streets policy supported by the American Heart Association; the policy will now move forward to be voted on by full council.

Action Needed 

  • Please sign the Alabama Telephone CPR petition at http://act.yourethecure.org/Z4j4stC and share the link on social media and with family, friends and volunteers. We are working to ensure all 911 dispatchers in Alabama are trained and able to help callers perform CPR when needed. We are asking staff and volunteers to sign the petition to let our legislators know we care about this issue.
  • Follow us on social media for the latest advocacy news. Like American Heart Association – Alabama on Facebook and follow @YouretheCureAL on Twitter.
  • Ask friends, family and volunteers to join You're the Cure. They can fill out a sign up form found on SharePoint or sign up online at www.yourethecure.org.  

Campaign Updates 

State Campaigns 

Telephone CPR (T-CPR or TeleCPR): During the 2018 legislative session, we are urging legislators to support efforts to require all 911 telecommunicators that provide dispatch for emergency medical conditions be trained in the delivery of high quality telephone CPR. This is the top priority for the organization during session.

Did you know? The first 911 call made in the United State happened in Haleyville, Alabama on February 16, 1968 by Senator Rankin Fite. The serving telephone company was then Alabama Telephone Company. This Haleyville 911 system is still in operation today. Read more at http://archives.ubalt.edu/bsr/articles/feb%2016.pdf.

Healthy Food Financing Initiatives (HFFI): Also during session, we will support efforts to secure funds for Alabama’s Healthy Food Financing program. If you recall, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) received $300,000 from the legislature to distribute to food retailers, such as grocers, farmer’s markets and wholesale markets, in underserved communities, enabling them to open, renovate, or expand grocery stores to increase the availability of healthy foods. They accepted applications from November – December 2017. The core team continues to meet to discuss next steps about future revenue measures. Contact Britney.Garner@heart.org with questions. 

Local Campaigns  

Complete Streets – Birmingham: We are excited to announce that on January 9, the Birmingham City Council Transportation Committee passed a complete streets policy and it will now move forward to be voted on by full council. In the coming weeks, we will activate our grassroots network, which includes all staff, to urge council to pass a complete streets policy for Birmingham. If you would like to be engaged in this local campaign, contact Alex Carmack at Alex.Carmack@heart.org. 

In Other News   

 Articles of Interest: 

Key Leadership Roles to Know: 

• Speaker of the House: Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Huntsville  
• Speaker Pro Tempore: Rep. Victor Gaston of Mobile 
• House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter of Rainsville 
• House Minority Leader: Rep. Anthony Daniels of Huntsville 
• Chair of House Health Committee: Rep. April Weaver of Shelby County   
• Senate President Pro Tempore: Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston   
• Senate Majority Leader: Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper   
• Senate Minority Leader: Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery   
• Chair of Senate Health Committee: Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville   
• Board of Education State Superintendent Interim: Ed Richardson 

To contact legislators, visit http://www.legislature.state.al.us/aliswww/aliswww.aspx.

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