‘Alex’s Law’ Requiring CPR Credentials for Teachers Heads to CA State Senate

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Assembly Bill 1214, also known as “Alex’s Law” will now head to the California State Senate for consideration following a passing vote by the Assembly Appropriations Committee of 77-0 on Wednesday. The bill, introduced earlier this year by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) in response to the tragic drowning of 13-year-old Alex Pierce at a school sponsored end of the year pool party at Vista Murrieta High School in 2016, requires schools offering interscholastic athletic programs to have CPR trained personnel at athletic events at all times and also requires school districts to offer CPR training to its employee.

Pierce Family attorneys Rahul Ravipudi and Robert Glassman of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP have been working with both the Pierce family and Assemblywoman Melendez on AB1214, as well as supporting their efforts to ensure “Alex’s Law” makes its way through the legislature and to Governor Newsom’s desk for signature.

“Assemblywoman Melendez has shown incredible leadership in getting this bill passed into a law that not only will save lives but will also forever memorialize the beautiful life of Alex Pierce,” said attorney Robert Glassman who traveled to Sacramento with the Pierce family last month to support AB1214. “The Pierce family remains steadfast in their mission of making schools a safer place for all children in California.”

Following the passage of AB1214 by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assemblywoman Melendez issued the following statement:

“It’s clear that school events require more supervision and personnel trained in CPR,” said Assemblywoman Melendez. “I am pleased to see my colleagues in the State Assembly agree that providing CPR training for our teachers and educators is important to keep our children safe during a medical emergency. AB 1214 provides one extra measure of safety for our children and hopefully prevent another event like the one that took the life of Alex Pierce.”

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