On June 23, 2014, the NJ General Assembly voted on A2072, a bill requiring public high schools to teach CPR with a hands-on training component as part of the health curriculum. The bill passed 77-0! Later that afternoon, the Senate took a vote on the same legislation. They also passed the bill with an overwhelming majority of 39-1!
The bill is currently on Governor Christie's desk awaiting his signature. It is our hope that he will sign the legislation soon. If he does, New Jersey will become the 18th state in the country to ensure that high schools students have some knowledge of CPR and AED use prior to high school graduation.
The American Heart Association would like to thank Senators Allen and Vitale for being primary sponsors of S235, the Senate version of the bill and Assemblymen Fuentes, Diegnan and Wimberly and Assemblywomen Pinkin and Quijano for being primary sponsors of the bill in the Assembly. We also thank the numerous co-sponsors for their support.