For months, You're the Cure advocates from throughout New Jersey have been contacting their elected officials to voice their support for providing high school students with hands-on CPR training as part of the health curriculum. Our efforts are starting to pay off!
On May 15, the Assembly Education Committee held a hearing. One of the items on the agenda that day was bill number A2072-the CPR in Schools bill! After hearing testimony from American Heart Association volunteer and SCA survivor Laurie Heavener and several high school students who lead their school "Heart Clubs," the committee approved the legislation-UNANIMOUSLY! In addition, we thank Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Assemblyman David Rible for joining on as co-sponsors of the bill. They join Assemblyman Angel Fuentes, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Assemblyman John McKeon bringing the total number of sponsors to 7!
We thank Assemblyman Fuentes and Assemblyman Diegnan for their leadership on this issue, as well as all the sponsors and members of the Assembly Education Committee for their support of CPR in Schools. It is our hope that the Assembly will act quickly to pass the legislation and that the Senate Education Committee will vote to approve the measure soon.