Bill To Require CPR Training For High School Students Heads To Governor
Various education-related issues also addressed in legislation

The Ohio House today concurred on Senate changes to Amended Substitute House Bill 113, which would require CPR training for high school students entering 9th grade for the first time starting during the 2017-2018 school year.

The legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), seeks to encourage more youth to be familiar with the CPR process so they are prepared for an emergency situation.

“I believe House Bill 113 is bipartisan, common sense legislation that will have an immediate impact for all communities across the state,” Rep. Manning remarked. “Actual hands-on CPR training helps to prepare individuals to help victims in a severe moment of need.  Equally important is the training regarding AEDs which are thankfully becoming more prevalent in our society.  This training removes barriers from people who are fearful of handling these easy to use, yet life-saving devices.”

This legislation will require students in grades 9 through 12 to receive CPR training through the use of an automated external defibrillator. Additionally, the bill ensures that students practice "hands on" training with a mannequin to learn the psycho-motor skills necessary to perform CPR.

To provide school districts with greater flexibility and local control, HB.. 113 states that students must receive basic CPR training at some point in the four years they attend high school. Additionally, the bill only requires the training to last at least 30 minutes and students do not have to become CPR certified as a result of this legislation.

“I am pleased that this bill will now become law,” said Rep. Grossman. “My goal is that we will be able to train future generations this lifesaving skill.  I believe many lives will be saved as a result.”

Am. Sub. H.B. 113 also includes the following provisions:

• Replaces General Educational Development (GED) with High School Equivalency Exam in state law
• Allows the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to cover the costs of College Credit Plus at chartered non-public schools
• Expanded the function of the Joint Education Oversight Committee
• Allows schools to access economically disadvantaged funds to hire a graduate of the BRIGHT New Leaders for Ohio program
• Extends contract violation consequences to charter school teachers

After the House’s concurrence, the bill now head to the Governor for his consideration.

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