Last week, forty volunteers and survivors descended on the Capitol for the American Heart Association’s annual Heart on the Hill Lobby Day. Volunteers spent the morning hearing from legislators and lobbyists and preparing for their meetings. Then they lobbied legislators in support of CPR in schools legislation, healthy state food purchasing and funding for tobacco prevention. In just a few short hours, YTC advocates were able to convince an additional 9 Representatives and 3 Senators to sign on as sponsors of the CPR bills before the 2:00pm deadline. CPR Anytime kits were delivered to all the legislators and the Governor! We have strong bipartisan support in the House and Senate and commitments from the Education Committee Chairs to give them hearings soon!
A huge thanks goes out to all the volunteers and staff who took time out of their lives to lobby the legislature for better heart health!
- Lucy Asdourian, Washington Government Relations Director