The 2015 Florida Legislative Session kicked off on March 3, and for the fourth year in a row the American Heart Association has introduced legislation that would integrate Hands-Only CPR training into the curriculum for all graduating high school students. Sen. Thad Altman, R – Melbourne, and Rep. Chris Sprowls, R – Clearwater, have sponsored our bills - Senate Bill 328/House Bill 1311 respectively.
Since we first introduced CPR in Schools legislation in 2012, twenty states have passed this language, including Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. To illustrate the need for CPR in Florida's high schools, two families traveled to Tallahassee on March 5 to share their personal stories with legislators. Kaycee Teets and her husband Steven from Hillsborough County and Jim Cobb and his sister Kristen from Louisiana both suffered the unimaginable when a sudden cardiac arrest led to the deaths of their children. They met with legislators to ask for their support of our bills and most of the members were very open to supporting our efforts.
The American Heart Association asks that you support our efforts to ensure that Florida graduates generations of lifesavers by calling, emailing or writing to your State Representative or Senator and asking them to support Senate Bill 328/ House Bill 1311.