It’s hard to believe it’s already September. We hope this finds you well and safe. While many things right now feel like they are on hold, the American Heart Association’s advocacy work is continuing, and we have an update on some of the issues we have been working on here in Montana.
As you know, the legislature did not meet in 2020 so we have been busy working on issues through regulatory efforts and on the community level. Below are updates on two of the top priorities we have been focused on.
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Did you know 911 Dispatchers may not know how to instruct someone to perform CPR? It seems like that would be a normal training/service - but it isn’t required, and we have been working to change that with Department of Justice. Currently the Department has not acted on Administrative rule changes because of Covid-19. However, we have been talking with them and are hoping when the Public Officer Safety Training (POST) Council meets in October they move the issue forward to the next step of the process.
Flavored Electronic Tobacco Product sales statewide restriction:
The Department of Health was forced to pull back (essentially cancel) their rule to restrict the sale of flavored vaping products. This was after a move by a handful of legislators to “poll” all 150 lawmakers concerning the issue which made the Department feel they had no choice but to stop moving forward. While we are disappointed, we are not giving up and are currently strategizing on the best next steps to prevent youth tobacco use in Montana
The 2021 Legislative session will be here before we know it and we are still assessing what will be the top issues. As we do our planning, we would like to hear from you about the issues you care about and how you would like to be involved. Please take a few minutes and answer our short (only 8 question) survey.
If you have any questions please reach out and we’d be happy to chat. Thank you for your support and we look forward to working together to build a healthier Montana.