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Several states have been successful in passing legislation and securing funding to support the implementation of Stop the Bleed programs.  In addition, other states have introduced pending legislation. Lastly, several states including Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas could potentially introduce legislation in 2019. TCAA will continue to monitor and provide updates on Stop the Bleed campaigns at the state and federal levels. 

 

Arkansas - HB1014 provides for bleeding control training for students in 9-12 grades which will commence during the 2019-2020 school year. On February 28, 2019, the Governor signed the bill, now Act 245, into law.

 

CaliforniaA.B. 1708 provides for the addition of the Tactical Response to Traumatic Injuries Act which mandates the installation of bleeding control kits in public places to support emergency response efforts. The bill was introduced in February and referred to the Committee on Judiciary on March 18th.

 

GeorgiaProvides the Stop the Bleed program in public school systems across Georgia. In March 2017, the Georgia Trauma Commission was allocated an additional $1 million to fund the program which was implemented during the 2017-2018 school year.

 

IndianaHouse Bill 1063 titled School safety equipment provides for the addition of "bleeding control kit" to the definition of school safety equipment. It also provides that each school shall implement a Stop the Bleed program. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development on February 27, 2019.

 

Massachusetts; HD4327 titled the Massachusetts Trauma Response Preparedness Act requires every public building in Massachusetts including public and private schools, libraries, transportation facilities, recreational facilities, entertainment and sporting venues, and buildings of government to house a kit. It also provides for a person trained to use it. The bill was not added to the state's budget bill, but there have been discussions of potential funding from the surplus budget to support kits in schools. H.1870 and the Senate companion S.1337 would authorize trauma kits and trained designees in certain public buildings. Both bills were introduced January 22, 2019 and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health.

 

North Carolina – Developed a pilot program for Transylvania County to install bleeding control kits in county schools and to train school personnel which was launched August 15, 2018. There has been support for expanding the program statewide. In addition, the Great Smokies Health Foundation will provide Stop the Bleed training for over 500 school personnel in Jackson, Swain and Graham counties by the 2019-2020 school year.

 

South Carolina H 5003 titled Bleeding control kits requires placement of bleeding control kits in all public schools, training of district employees and integration of kits into emergency plans.  The bill was referred to the Committee on Education and Public Works on February 22, 2018.  

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