The South Carolina General Assembly just adjourned its 2013 session, and it was an exciting cap off to an outstanding session.
We achieved the final passage of S 341 which will require pulse ox screening for all newborns – the bill now heads to Gov. Haley for her signature. Staff, our bill sponsor Senator Alexander, and You’re the Cure advocates have done an artful job of shepherding the bill through the process. The bill was amended very late in the session and will require formal clarification from the SC Division of Health & Environmental Control to assure it meets the American Heart Association’s recommendations. We anticipate that will happen very shortly.
We also achieved Senate passage of S 160 which will require CPR training for high school graduation – the bill has been read across the desk in the House and will be considered in that chamber when the session resumes in January, 2014. It was a bumpy road for this bill, but staff facilitated a compromise that ended in strong support from the SC Department of Education. This bill is in excellent shape for a win in 2014.
Each of these bills will carry long term positive impact for citizens of our state, and represent strong strides in addressing the effects of cardiovascular disease.
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