Guest Blogger: Rick Lieberman, Advocacy Committee Chair
As the AHA comes to the end of our fiscal year, I want to take the opportunity to thank all of the amazing Arizona Advocates for all you do. Thanks to your dedication, actions, and support, we were able to pass two heart healthy pieces of legislation: House Bill 2491 and Senate Bill 1336. HB 2491 will ensure Arizona newborns are screened for critical congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry, an inexpensive, non-invasive screening tool.
SB 1336 aims to increase physical activity in our community by limiting schools’ liability when they open their grounds for recreational community use after hours. Please take a moment to thank Governor Brewer for signing both of these bills into law!
As the legislative session has wrapped up, I would like to take this opportunity to thank some of my fellow advocates for their amazing work and effort this year. I especially want to thank Demaree Wilson, Molly Wright and William Mueller for their participation and testimonies in legislative hearings on why passing HB 2491 this year was so important. Additionally, I would also like to thank Jane Powers and Shellie Wenhold for their commitment and passion on the CPR bill. Finally, I would like to thank the Arizona Government Relations Director, Nicole Olmstead, for her dedication, passion, and fearless leadership.
Without the dedication of all our advocates and the leadership from Nicole, the American Heart Association would not be able to accomplish as much as we do. Thank you very much for all of your support and I look forward to another great year!