[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 1973

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED APRIL 28, 2014

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  JEFF VAN DREW

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires local recreation departments, youth serving organizations, and camps to have defibrillators for youth athletic events.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As reported by the Senate Education Committee on June 11, 2015, with amendments.

  


An Act concerning automated external defibrillators and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation 1[,]1 and supplementing 1[Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes and]1 Titles 5 and 26 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1[1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, beginning on September 1, 2014, the board of education of a public school district that includes any of the grades 6 through 12 shall:

     a.    provide instruction in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation as part of the curriculum each year for grades 6 through 12; and

     b.    provide instruction in the use of an automated external defibrillator as part of the curriculum each year for grades 9 through 12.]1

 

     1[2. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, and in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), shall adopt rules and regulations as may be necessary to implement section 1 of this act.]1

 

     1[3.] 1.1     a.  Beginning September 1, 1[2014] 20151, a municipal or county recreation department and a nonprofit youth serving organization as defined in section 1 of P.L.1999, c.432 (C.15A:3A-1) including, but not limited to, Little Leagues, Babe Ruth Leagues, Pop Warner Leagues, Police Athletic Leagues, and youth soccer leagues, which organizes, sponsors, or is otherwise affiliated with youth athletic events that are played on municipal, county, school, or other publicly-owned fields, shall ensure that there is available on site an automated external defibrillator, as defined in section 2 of P.L.1999, c.34 (C.2A:62A-24), at each youth athletic event and practice held on the department’s or organization’s home field.

     The recreation department or youth serving organization shall designate one or more umpires 1[or] ,1 coaches 1, or licensed athletic trainers1, as applicable, who will be present at the athletic event or practice, to be responsible for ensuring that the defibrillator is available on site at the event and practice.  The designated umpire 1[or] ,1 coach 1, or licensed athletic trainer1 shall be trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the use of the defibrillator in accordance with the provisions of section 3 of P.L.1999, c.34 (C.2A:62A-25).

     b.    A recreation department or youth serving organization shall be deemed to be in compliance with the requirements of this section if a State-certified emergency services provider or other certified first responder is on site at the athletic event or practice and has a defibrillator available for use on site.

     c.    A recreation department or youth serving organization and its employees and volunteer umpires 1[and] ,1 coaches 1, and licensed athletic trainers1 shall be immune from civil liability in the acquisition and use of a defibrillator pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1999, c.34 (C.2A:62A-27).

 

     1[4.] 2.1     a.  Beginning September 1, 1[2014] 20151, a youth camp operating pursuant to P.L.1973, c.375 (C.26:12-1 et seq.) shall ensure that there is available on site an automated external defibrillator, as defined in section 2 of P.L.1999, c.34 (C.2A:62A-24) 1[, within reasonable proximity of the camp’s athletic fields or other indoor or outdoor athletic facilities.  For the purposes of this section, “reasonable proximity” means that the automated external defibrillator is able to be retrieved and applied in under three minutes] .  The youth camp operator shall ensure that access to an automated external defibrillator is available to the majority of the camp population within the timeframe recommended by authoritative sources including, but not limited to, the American Red Cross,  the American Heart Association, or the American Academy of Pediatrics, based on the population served and the activities conducted at the youth camp.  This requirement shall not apply to camp trips, travel camps, or other off-site programs of the youth camp1 .

     The youth camp shall designate one or more counselors 1, licensed athletic trainers,1 or other staff members 1[who will be present at the athletic field or facility when campers are participating in athletic activities, to be responsible for ensuring that the defibrillator is available on site at the field or facility.  The designated counselor or staff member shall] to1 be trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the use of the defibrillator in accordance with the provisions of section 3 of P.L.1999, c.34 (C.2A:62A-25).

     b.    A youth camp shall be deemed to be in compliance with the requirements of this section if a State-certified emergency services provider or other certified first responder is on site 1[at the athletic field or facility]1 and has a defibrillator available for use on site.

     c.    A youth camp and its employees 1, including licensed athletic trainers,1 shall be immune from civil liability in the acquisition and use of a defibrillator pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1999, c.34 (C.2A:62A-27).

 

     1[5.] 3.1     This act shall take effect immediately.