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2013 House Bill 4353: Mandate schools have “epi-pens”

Public Act 187 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on February 28, 2013, to mandate that public schools must have at least two staffers who are trained in the administration of an epinephrine auto injector, and at least two of these “epi-pens” on site. This is a syringe prefilled with epinephrine which is used to treat anaphylactic reactions. This bill and House Bill 4352 extend legal immunity to school districts, boards, officials, staff and pharmacists for harm arising from use of the devices, except for gross negligence.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on February 28, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 2, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on October 22, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on October 22, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. David Pagel (R) on October 22, 2013, to give school board members and officers immunity from liability in lawsuits that arise due to harm caused by use of these injectors. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 22, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on October 22, 2013, to impose the mandate beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 22, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on October 22, 2013, to require school districts to try to get funding to comply with the mandate from private donations or from another level of government (such as federal), but authorize state funding if other sources are not forthcoming, and require the legislature to appropriate money for this. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 22, 2013.
  2. Passed 96 to 10 in the House on October 23, 2013, to mandate that public schools must have at least two staffers who are trained in the administration of an epinephrine auto injector, and at least two of these “epi-pens” on site. This is a syringe prefilled with epinephrine which is used to treat anaphylactic reactions. This bill and House Bill 4352 extend legal immunity to school districts, boards, officials, staff and pharmacists for harm arising from use of the devices, except for gross negligence.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on October 24, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on October 24, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 6, 2013, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to mandate that public schools must have at least two staffers who are trained in the administration of an epinephrine auto injector, and at least two of these “epi-pens” on site. This is a syringe prefilled with epinephrine which is used to treat anaphylactic reactions. This bill and House Bill 4352 extend legal immunity to school districts, boards, officials, staff and pharmacists for harm arising from use of the devices, except for gross negligence.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 17, 2013.

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