WEST virginia legislature
2020 regular session
House Bill 4497
By Delegates Mandt, Atkinson, Criss, Hill, Lovejoy, Miller, Linville, Worrell, Hornbuckle, Rohrbach and Ellington
[Introduced January 23, 2020; Referred to the Committee on Education then Finance]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-2-25b, relating to requiring an external defibrillator device at any secondary school athlete event under the control, supervision and regulation of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission; requiring training of sports personnel and naming the law The Alex Miller Law.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
§18-2-25b. Defibrillator required at certain events.
In memory of Alex Miller, a Roane County football player who collapsed and died during a school football game, this law shall be known as The Alex Miller Law.
The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission shall require that an automated external defibrillator device be present during the duration of all extramural high school or middle school athletic events under the control, supervision and regulation of the commission, and that all school sports personnel be trained in the use of the device.
The commission shall propose, with prior approval of the State Board of Education, rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of §29A-3B-1 et seq. of this code.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require an automated defibrillator device and a trained device operator be present at all secondary school athletic events. The law shall be called The Alex Miller Law, in memory of Alex Miller, a Roane County football player who collapsed and died during a game.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.