COLUMBUS– State Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) and Rep. Adam Bird (R-New Richmond) introduced bipartisan legislation that will require automatic external defibrillators (AED) to be placed in each public school, chartered non-public school, community schools, STEM schools, college-prep boarding schools, and each sports and recreation location in Ohio.
“I am proud to officially reintroduce this bill in the 135th General Assembly,” said Rep. Brown. “My joint sponsor and I hope this commonsense bipartisan legislation will move quickly through the legislature in order to be signed into law.”
“AEDs can serve as the difference between life and death when it comes to Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” Rep. Bird added. “This legislation is far beyond necessary to protect the health and safety of our children and our communities.”
This legislation would:
· Require the placement of an AED in each Ohio school;
· Require each school district to provide proper training to relevant staff on AED usage;
· Require the placement of an AED at sports and recreation locations which are municipally owned or operated, at which organized sporting events occur;
· Require coaching staff to complete annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) training.
This legislation has been assigned to the House Committee on Health Provider Services as House Bill 47. You can follow its progression HERE.