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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 46        FILED ON: 1/2/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 416


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Patricia A. Haddad


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 requiring instruction in CPR and the use of defibrillators for high school graduation.






Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Michael A. Costello

1st Essex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 46        FILED ON: 1/2/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 416

By Mrs. Haddad of Somerset, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 416) of Patricia A. Haddad and others for legislation to require instruction in CPR and the use of defibrillators as a prerequisite for a high school diploma.  Education. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act requiring instruction in CPR and the use of defibrillators for high school graduation.


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

              The first paragraph of section 1 of chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the sixth sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentences:-

              All public high school students shall be required to study and to demonstrate a general knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automatic external defibrillators as a prerequisite for graduation.  The instruction must be based on an instructional program established by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or another program which is nationally recognized and uses the most current national evidence−based Emergency Cardiovascular Care guidelines and incorporates psychomotor skills development into the instruction. (1) “Psychomotor skills” is defined as the use of hands-on practicing and skills testing to support cognitive learning. The department of elementary and secondary education shall pay the cost of such instruction. A licensed teacher shall not be required to be a certified trainer of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to facilitate, provide or oversee such instruction for non- certification. Courses which result in a certification being earned are required to be taught by an authorized CPR/AED instructor.

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