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Looking Back at the 2014 Idaho Legislative Session

 

Guest Blogger: Adrean Cavener, Idaho Government Relations Director

The 2014 Idaho Legislative Session was a very successful one for the American Heart Association.  We passed three major pieces of legislation that will build lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

First, the Legislature approved a rule that requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for high school graduation.  This will ensure that thousands of students graduation our schools every year with the skills so they are ready, able, and willing to save a life.

Next, we worked with a large task force to pass Senate Bill 1239, Time Sensitive Emergencies legislation. This legislation sets up a system of care for heart attacks and strokes so that every patient gets to the right care in the right amount of time.

Lastly, the Millennium Fund Committee appropriated over $4 million for tobacco prevention and cessation in the state of Idaho, the most they have ever appropriated.  This means that tobacco users who want to quit will have the resources to do so and that more Idaho children never start.

It cannot be said enough, we could not do this work without our incredible volunteers, both those who have come with us to the Statehouse and those who have sent emails on our behalf.  Thank you for all your time and please let me know if you have any questions or comments at adrean.cavener@heart.org.

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