Assemblyman Jon Bramnick / 908-232-2073
May 24, 2012
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, known as “Janet’s Law,” requiring New Jersey public and nonpublic schools to be equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED) was approved today by the General Assembly. The bill requires schools to establish emergency action plans for responding to sudden cardiac events and training for school officials and coaches on how to operate an AED.
Bramnick’s bill (A-1608) is named for Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old from Warren, who collapsed and died due to sudden cardiac arrest in August, 2006. On Monday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee released the bill by unanimous vote.
“Janet’s Law will help save lives,” said Bramnick. “There are many first-hand accounts of students and athletes who were revived because an AED was accessible and trained people were on site to properly use the defibrillator. Tragedies such as Janet’s can be averted if a plan of action is in place. I thank Speaker Oliver for posting this bill so that no family will have to endure the heartache the Zilinski’s are experiencing.”
Under Bramnick’s bill, public school districts and nonpublic schools must ensure that an AED is made available in an unlocked location on school property beginning September 1, 2014. The AED must be accessible during the day and any time a school-sponsored athletic event or team practice is taking place.
Also included in the approved legislation is the requirement that a team coach, athletic director or other designated staff member, who is present during an athletic event or team practice, be trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and certified in how to properly operate an AED.
The bipartisan bill is also sponsored by Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible and Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Vincent Prieto, Patrick Diegnan and Thomas Giblin.