John Taylor Babbitt Foundation
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JTB Foundation successful in sponsoring legislation requiring CPR/AED training for NJ High School st
NJ Lt. Gov. Guadagno signs bill requiring public high school students to learn CPR /AED

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno signed a bill Wednesday mandating basic lifesaving medical training in the state's public high schools. "We are signing a piece of legislation that is no doubt going to save lives throughout the state of New Jersey," she said. The bill requires public high school students before graduation to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, commonly referred to as CPR, as well as instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation did their part to help the bill become a law by working with the American Heart Association in raising awareness and soliciting the support of our legislators. Providing testimony before the NJ State Senate and Assembly were JTB Foundation "Heart Club" advocates and NJ high school students Victoria Rasmussen, Elise Corsaniti, Erin Healy (Chatham High School) ; Caroline Watt (Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child) ; Julian Greer (The Pingry School) and Kate Roland (Villa Walsh Academy) .

At the signing ceremony, the Lt Governor recognized the powerful impact of our students' testimony. "Their testimony was crucial in convincing our legislators that this bill should be passed," she said.




JTB Impacts New Legislation for Student-Athlete Physicals and Cardiac Incident Reporting
The JTB Foundation is thrilled to report that its strong backing of advanced physical examinations for all student-athletes in New Jersey schools has resulted in a new bill that will lead to the detection of cardiac problems in young people.
Governor Chris Christie in June signed into law the Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act, which requires that sports-playing pupils in grades 6 through 12 not only get a comprehensive physical but that their physicians use a certain form for the results of that physical. Schools have to start using the forms in September 2014.

by JTB Foundation

Good Samaritan Bill Signed into Law
On Thursday May 3, 2012 the Good Samaritan Bill was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. The Good Samaritan Law protects an uncertified person who uses an AED (automated external defibrillator) in an attempt to save a life from civil liability if they unintentionally cause injury. The signing of the bill took place a little more than two months after the bill was passed by the State Senates and Assembly.

by Elizabeth Entwistle

Youth Sporting Event AED Bill Passes in NJ Assembly

A bill requiring defibrillators at municipal or county recreation departments and nonprofit youth serving organization sporting events passed in the Assembly this afternoon by a vote of 41-19-14.

by Max Pizarro

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