SENATE DOCKET, NO. 70        FILED ON: 1/7/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 235

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

William N. Brownsberger

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act improving students' access to life saving treatments.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

 

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

1/29/2019

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

2/1/2019

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

2/1/2019

Ryan C. Fattman

Worcester and Norfolk

6/4/2019

 


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 70        FILED ON: 1/7/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 235

By Mr. Brownsberger, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 235) of William N. Brownsberger, Anne M. Gobi, Bruce E. Tarr and Rebecca L. Rausch for legislation relative to the administration of diabetes medication.  Education.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 214 OF 2017-2018.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act improving students' access to life saving treatments.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Section 54B of chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following paragraph:-

Not withstanding any general or special laws to the contrary, the department of elementary and secondary education and the department of public health shall jointly promulgate regulations for the emergency administration of glucagon to allow for the administration of glucagon by trained members of the school staff when a nurse is not present and the student exhibits symptoms of severe hypoglycemia; provided, however, that the parent or legal guardian of the student has submitted in writing permission for such emergency treatment to be rendered; provided, further, that a member of the school staff who, in good faith, administers glucagon to a student who exhibits symptoms of severe hypoglycemia shall not be held liable, except in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct, in a suit for damages as a result of his or her acts or omissions, nor shall such person be subject to any disciplinary action for such emergency aid; provided further a trained member of the school staff who is not a nurse and administers glucagon shall not be considered to be practicing nursing; and provided further the member of the school staff trained to administer glucagon shall volunteer to be trained.

Section 2. Within 180 days of the passage of this act, the department of elementary and secondary education and the department of public health shall, pursuant to section 54B of chapter 71 of the General Laws, as amended by section 1, jointly promulgate regulations for the emergency administration of glucagon to allow for the administration of glucagon by trained members of the school staff when a nurse is not present and the student exhibits symptoms of severe hypoglycemia.