BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                  AB 2217
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          Date of Hearing:   May 14, 2014

                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                    AB 2217 (Melendez) - As Amended:  May 6, 2014 

          Policy Committee:                              EducationVote:7-0
                        Judiciary                               10-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              No


          This bill expresses the intent of the Legislature to encourage  
          all public schools to acquire and maintain at least one  
          automated external defibrillator (AED). Specifically, this bill:

          1)Authorizes a public school to solicit and receive nonstate  
            funds to acquire and maintain an AED. Further requires these  
            funds to only be used to acquire and maintain an AED and to  
            provide training to school employees regarding use of an AED. 

          2)Provides that employees of the school district are not liable  
            for civil damages resulting from certain uses, attempted uses,  
            or nonuses of an AED. Further provides that a public school or  
            school district that complies with certain requirements  
            related to an AED is not liable for any civil damages  
            resulting from any act or omission in the rendering of the  
            emergency care or treatment, as specified.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          GF/98 cost pressure, likely between $700,000 and $1 million, to  
          public schools to purchase an AED, train staff, and maintain  
          records.  These costs are not state reimbursable mandated costs  
          because the provisions of this bill are not required by school  
          districts.  There are over 9,000 public schools in the state.   
          Actual costs will depend on the number of schools that do not  
          have an AED and whether or not they choose to train staff on its  



                                                                  AB 2217
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           1)Purpose  . According to the author, the majority of California's  
            children spend about 14,000 hours away from their parents and  
            under the supervision of the state while they receive an  
            education at California's K - 12 public schools. While under  
            this supervision, parents should be confident that their  
            children are protected. Trained non-medical personnel can use  
            these simplified electronic machines to treat a person in  
            cardiac arrest. The author contends that ultimately, with  
            broad deployment of AEDs among trained responders, as many as  
            50,000 deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest could be prevented  
            each year. With this in mind, this bill encourages all public  
            schools to acquire and maintain at least one AED.

           2)Previous Legislation  . AB 939 (Melendez) of 2013, substantially  
            similar to this bill, encourages all public schools to acquire  
            and maintain an AED and provides immunity from civil damages  
            to the employee of the school district and to the school  
            district resulting from the use of an AED. This bill was held  
            on the Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File. 

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Misty Feusahrens / APPR. / (916)