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Maine Celebrates #NationalCPRWeek with a Huge Victory


Maine celebrates National CPR Week with huge vote!

Well, the Governor did it again. He vetoed another lifesaving bill. The Governor vetoed LD556, a bill that requires that all high school students spend 20 minutes out of 4 years of school learning Hands-Only CPR. That is the bad news.

The fantastic news is that the Legislature voted to override the Governor’s veto (131-15 in the House and 31-4 in the Senate). That means despite the Governor’s objections, this bill that will empower 12,000-13,000 high school students each year by teaching them Hands-Only CPR before they graduate will become law.

Wonderful volunteers, like Randi Clatchey (you can find her story in the spotlight section) worked their hearts out to get this done. I can’t do my job for the American Heart Association without our wonderful, hardworking volunteers.

Those of you that filled out a postcard at one of our events played a huge role. I was able to distribute postcards to 29 out of 35 Senators encouraging their support. Those postcards made quite a difference. Some Senators received over 20 postcards.

The calls and emails helped too. Legislators told me: "Oh right, CPR, I heard from a bunch of folks about that bill. Of course I will support you."

Thank you for all you do for AHA/ASA. Your efforts on this bill will undoubtedly save lives.

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