We would like to share a bit of good news! Our bill to mandate that all Illinois high-schools add CPR and AED training to their curriculum, House Bill 3724, cleared its final legislative barrier earlier today when the Senate approved it 48 – 4. HB 3724, which some of you may know as the Lauren Laman Law, will now be sent to the Governor’s office for signature later this summer (the Governor’s office is supportive of the bill).
As you’ll recall, Lauren Laman was a high-school senior in St. Charles, IL when she collapsed from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the school gym during dance team practice. No one performed CPR as they waited for EMS to arrive, and while there was an AED in the building, it was not used. We’ve been working with Lauren’s parents for about a year now to build a fitting legislative legacy for their daughter, and we are proud to say that as a result of today’s vote, we’re a lot closer to accomplishing that goal this afternoon than we were this morning.
Considering the initial "no way, definitely not now, and maybe not ever" opposition we faced from various school administration lobbies, the degree of support this bill ultimately received is truly impressive. That support is in large part a result of all the petition cards, You’re the Cure email actions, electronic witness slips, and in-person meetings generated over the past six months by that the Laman family, AHA/ASA volunteers, and partner organizations like the Illinois EMS Alliance.
This has truly been a group effort, and it’s one we can all be proud of. On behalf of the Laman family, the Bell family (who added their CPR survivor story to several committee hearings and helped legislators see that in-school training really does save lives), and all of our terrific partner organizations, thank you for your help in passing this life-saving legislation!