Senate Bill #21 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CARDIAC ARREST PREVENTION IN SCHOOL SPORTS

Addresses the potential for sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes by raising awareness of the symptoms ad requiring medical evaluations.

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  • 2017 – S 0021
  • 2017 – S 0021 SUBSTITUTE B
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  • LC000331
  • LC000331/SUB B
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - CARDIAC ARREST PREVENTION IN SCHOOL SPORTS
  • Introduced By: Senator Walter S. Felag
  • Date Introduced: January 18, 2017
  • Referred To: Senate Education
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Title 16 of the General Laws entitled "EDUCATION" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
  • CHAPTER 91.1
  • THE SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST PREVENTION ACT
  • 16-91.1-1. Short title.
  • This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act".
  • 16-91.1-2. Definitions.
  • For the purposes of this chapter, the term "youth sport program or activity" means any program organized for recreational and/or athletic competition purposes by any school district, or by any school participating in Rhode Island Interscholastic League competition, and whose participants are nineteen (19) years of age or younger.
  • 16-91.1-3. School districts' guidelines to be developed and implemented.
  • (a) The department of education and the department of health shall promulgate guidelines to inform and educate coaches, teachers, school nurses, youth athletes, and their parents and/or guardians about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest, including the risks associated with continuing to play or practice after experiencing the following symptoms: fainting or seizures during exercise, unexplained shortness of breath, chest pains, dizziness, racing heart rate and extreme fatigue.
  • (b) School districts may use training materials made available at no cost to the school district by organizations such as Simon's Fund, Parent Heart Watch, Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation, or training materials substantively and substantially similar thereto. The department of education shall post links to training materials on its website. All coaches and volunteers involved in a youth sport program or activity covered by this chapter must complete a training course annually about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest, including the risks associated with continuing to play or practice after experiencing symptoms including, fainting or seizures during exercise, unexplained shortness of breath, chest pains, dizziness, racing heart rate and extreme fatigue. Training may consist of videos, classes, and any other generally accepted mode and medium of providing information.
  • (c) Parents and/or guardians shall be provided with information as to the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest prior to the start of every sport season and they shall sign an acknowledgement as to their receipt of such information.
  • (b) School districts may use training materials made available at no cost to the school district by organizations such as Simon's Fund, Parent Heart Watch, Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation, or training materials substantively and substantially similar thereto. The department of education shall post links to training materials on its website. All coaches and volunteers involved in a youth sport program or activity covered by this chapter must complete a training course which may be completed online about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest, including the risks associated with continuing to play or practice after experiencing symptoms including, fainting or seizures during exercise, unexplained shortness of breath, chest pains, dizziness, racing heart rate and extreme fatigue. Training may consist of videos, classes, and any other generally accepted mode and medium of providing information.
  • (c) Parents and/or guardians shall be provided with information as to the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest prior to the start of every sport season.
  • (d)(1) A student who, as determined by a game official, coach from the student's team, certified athletic trainer, licensed physician or other official designated by the student's school entity, exhibits signs or symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest while participating in an athletic activity shall be removed by the coach from participation at that time, subject to subsection (3) of this section.
  • (2) If a student is known to have exhibited signs or symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest at any time prior to or following an athletic activity, the student shall be prevented from participating in an athletic activity, subject to subsection (3) of this section.
  • (3) A student removed or prevented from participating in an athletic activity under subsections (1) or (2) of this section shall not return to participation until the student is evaluated and cleared for return to participation in writing by a licensed physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or cardiologist.
  • (e) All school districts are encouraged to have an athletic trainer, or similarly trained person, at all recreational and athletic events addressed by this statute.
  • 16-91.1-4. All other youth sports program.
  • All other youth sports programs not specifically addressed by this chapter are encouraged to follow the guidance set forth in this chapter for all program participants who are age nineteen (19) and younger.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • LC000331
  • LC000331/SUB B
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  • EXPLANATION
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - CARDIAC ARREST PREVENTION IN SCHOOL SPORTS
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  • This act would address the potential for sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes by raising awareness of the symptoms and requiring medical evaluations.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC000331 ========
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - CARDIAC ARREST PREVENTION IN SCHOOL SPORTS
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  • This act would address the potential for sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes by raising awareness of the symptoms, requiring training for coaches and volunteers concerning cardiac arrest, and establishing protocols for students exhibiting certain symptoms.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC000331/SUB B ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

June 21, 2017 at 5:05pm
Yeas: 34 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 3 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin NV
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey NV
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y

Floor vote for RELATING TO EDUCATION - CARDIAC

September 19, 2017 at 2:37pm
Yeas: 69 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 6 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson NV
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz NV
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard NV
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca NV
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Price NV
Rep. Quattrocchi NV
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y

Floor vote for Passage In Concurrence

September 19, 2017 at 8:50pm
Yeas: 9 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 2 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte NV
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV