Law requiring students to learn defibrillator use passed by Legislature

SPRINGFIELD - A new law that would require Illinois high school students to learn how to conduct cardiopulmonary resuscitation and operate external defibrillators was passed by the Legislature Tuesday.

The measure was sponsored by State Senator John Mulroe, who says the legislation could help save lives.  Governor Pat Quinn says the measure is "common sense" and would ensure that high school students are prepared to handle life-and-death situations.

The legislation was prompted by the 2008 death of a St. Charles High School student during a drill team practice.  The student's parents say her life may have been saved if her teammates were properly trained to use an automatic external defibrillator.
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