CPR could become requirement for high school students

CALIFORNIA - Could you save someone’s life with CPR? A new bill wants to make sure California students can.

AB 1719 has been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for consideration.

The bill would require California high schools that have health as a prerequisite to graduate to include ‘hands-only’ CPR in its curriculum.

“It’s so easy to learn compression-only CPR and the fact that over thirty other states do it, why can’t California do it?” asked bill author and Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said he’s been a first responder for more than thirty years and he’s been working two years on this bill.

California would become the 35th state with CPR training requirements in school.

'Hands-only' CPR basically involves chest compressions and skips the mouth to mouth portion of previously taught methods.

“You don’t want to be the one, standing around and not knowing what to do and someone is dying,” said American Heart Association Government Relations Director Kula Koenig.

Governor Brown has until September 30, 2016, to decide.

If it becomes law, it would take effect in the 2018-2019 school year.

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