Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced today “Janet’s Law” sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to prevent student-athlete deaths due to cardiac arrest.
This initiative, introduced four years ago by Singer in the memory of Janet Zilinski, requires public and private schools to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on school grounds with trained operators at sports events.
“Janet’s Law is a long time coming and a relatively small requirement for New Jersey’s schools to prevent tragic deaths,” said Singer, R-Monmouth, Ocean. “While we continue to hope such tragedies are rare, as in Janet’s case, the unpredictable can strike at any moment like during a jog at cheerleading practice. Swift access to AEDs can mean the difference between life and death.”
This bill, S-157, requires public and private schools to have accessible automated AEDs during school, practices and games; to have present a trained AED operator certified in CPR or an EMS first responder; and a cardiac emergency action plan. It also eliminates civil liability for coaches and staff in the event of responding to a cardiac emergency by using an AED device
“AEDs are now affordable, user-friendly and necessary,” Singer concluded. “For between $1,500 and $2,000, schools will be prepared to save students lives.”
Janet’s Law was unanimously passed Senate Education Committee in January and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.