Ky. Senate OKs bill to require CPR training in schools

The measure passed the Senate on a 32-6 vote Thursday; it now goes to the House

Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Senate has voted to require that public high school students receive basic CPR training.

The measure passed the Senate on a 32-6 vote Thursday. It now goes to the House.

Republican Sen. Max Wise, the bill's lead sponsor, says basic CPR skills learned in school could help save lives. He says people never know when they might be put in a lifesaving situation.

Wise says the requirement would not be a burden for schools. The training could be given as part of health or physical education courses or during a Junior ROTC course.

The training would not have to be provided by a certified instructor.

Opponents included Republican Sen. Stephen West. He says he heard from school administrators worried it would be an unfunded mandate.

The legislation is Senate Bill 33.

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