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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1148         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 266

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael F. Rush

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

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1148        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 266

By Mr. Rush, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 266) of Michael F. Rush, Patricia A. Haddad, Thomas M. McGee, Michael J. Rodrigues and other members of the General Court for legislation to require instruction in CPR and the use of defibrillators for high school graduation.  Education. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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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:
 

              SECTION 1. 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 this 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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