Assemblyman Jon Bramnick / 908-232-2073
Sept. 21, 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 signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie. The new law 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.
The new law is named for Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old from Warren, who collapsed and died due to sudden cardiac arrest in August, 2006. The legislation (A-1608) was unanimously approved by both houses of the Legislature.
“Saving lives is the most important goal of Janet’s Law,” said Bramnick. “All schools will now have a defibrillator available and an emergency plan in place which will help avoid the tragedy which the Zilinski family experienced. I appreciate the unanimous support this bill received in the Legislature and I thank Governor Christie for signing it into law.”
Organizations supporting the legislation include: NJ School Boards Association, NJ Association of School Administrators, NJ Principal and Supervisors Association, Garden State Coalition of Schools, NJ Education Association, The Janet Fund, NJ Recreation and Park Association, the Athletic Trainers’ Society of NJ, the American Red Cross, and the American Heart Association.