We're in week 2 of the 2014 Florida legislative session. It's shaping up to be a very productive year for the American Heart Association. Several issues are in play, including passing our Shared Use Agreements bill, protecting high school PE and eliminating food deserts.
- Shared Use Agreements: House Bill 277 will be heard on the House floor on Wednesday, March 12. The bill would allow schools a choice to enter into shared use agreements with organizations, like the YMCA or Boys and Girls Club, for the use of the school facilities during non-school hours. The bill would also allow schools to adopt open access policies, which would permit public access to the school grounds during non-school hours. If schools enter into these agreements or adopt open access policies, the school's liability standard will be increased. Currently, the standard is simple negligence; with this bill it would be raised to gross negligence.
- CPR in Schools: We are still searching for vehicles to attach our language to for this issue. Please let us know if you hear of any stories in your area of CPR.
- Healthy Food Financing Initiative: This year, Senator Dwight Bullard has introduced a food desert bill. Stay tuned for how you can help educate legislators on the importance of access to healthy foods in underserved areas in Florida and offer viable solutions to the problem.
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