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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee House Concurrent Resolution 135 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 135

(By Delegates M. Poling, Perry, Moye, Pasdon, Pethtel, Barill, Walker, Fragale, Cooper, Tomblin, Ambler, Lawrence, Rowan, Young, Butler, D. Evans, Williams, Sumner, Campbell, Hamrick and Espinosa)

 

 

 

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

(March 7, 2014)

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on requiring instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including a psycho-motor skills component and the care for conscious choking, to be taught in the public schools of this state in each of the grade levels nine through twelve for at least thirty minutes each year as a requirement for graduation.

    Whereas, This curriculum enhancement would modify and expand upon the current required courses of instruction in health education as provided in §18-2-9 in any of the grades six through twelve that must include education concerning CPR and First Aid; and

    Whereas, Community members are encouraged to provide necessary training and instructional resources such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation kits and other materials to the schools at no cost; and

    Whereas, When ordinary people are given the proper tools to administer CPR, it creates the next generation of life savers in that bystander intervention doubles or triples a cardiac victim’s chance of survival; and

    Whereas, Due to the predominately rural, sparsely populated nature of the state, it may take emergency responders up to thirty minutes or more to reach victims and the rate of survival of cardiac arrest reduces by ten percent for every minute without CPR intervention making bystander intervention even more important; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study on requiring instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including a psycho-motor skills component and the care for conscious choking, to be taught in the public schools of this state in each of the grade levels nine through twelve for at least thirty minutes each year as a requirement for graduation; and be it

       Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is requested to report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2015, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and draft necessary legislation are requested to be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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