Governor Sandoval signs four bills into law

Photo courtesy AHA
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Governor Brian Sandoval has signed Assembly Bill 85 into law, requiring all Nevada students to receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator before graduation from high school.

Assembly Bill 85, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, eliminates a provision currently in state law that limits high school instruction in CPR and artificial defibrillator usage and mandates that both CPR and AED instruction be offered in all private, charter and public schools. AB 85 will ensure that more high school students are provided the opportunity to learn potentially life-saving techniques. This measure was supported by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations, schools districts, fire and rescue representatives and citizens.

“We’re very pleased to see this important bill become a law. Nevada now joins 36 other states in the U.S. that have passed legislation ensuring all students are trained in basic CPR prior to high school graduation. These states add over one million lifesavers to their local communities each year,” says Rick Casazza, board member with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Northern Nevada.

The American Heart Association says Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death, with nearly 326,200 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring each year in the United States. It strikes suddenly and without warning, and what happens within the first few minutes can mean the difference between life and death.

According to a release from the governor's office, Governor Sandoval also signed:

Assembly Bill 1 was sponsored by Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton and requires the Board of Regents to pay undergraduate tuition fees and expenses for a child of any public employee who was killed while on duty. This is a policy expansion from the current benefits offered to public safety officials who are killed on duty. The bill was amended to ensure that the law would apply to NDOT employee Ron Raiche Jr. of Battle Mountain who was killed in March of 2015, as well as the family of Sparks Middle School teacher Michael Landsberry, who was killed in 2013.

Assembly Bill 17 is a bill sponsored by the Nevada Department of Transportation in response to the tragic death of NDOT employee Ron Raiche Jr. This law requires motorists to safely change lanes when any NDOT vehicle is on the shoulder of a road or highway and flashing “amber” warning lights.

Assembly Bill 451 was sponsored by Speaker Jason Frierson and Assembly Majority Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson and requires members of the Board of Trustees of a school district to complete at least 4-hours of training in both the first and third years of their 4-year terms. Training must include instruction in laws related to public records, Nevada Open Meeting Law, local government employee-management relations, local government ethics, identifying and preventing violence in schools, financial management and official duties.

AB17 signing photo courtesy Governor Sandoval's Office