MA - Ambulance & First Responder Epi-Pen Training-time sensitive

Posted on: Sun, 12/03/2000 - 8:14am
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Hi --
I've been urged by someone from our allergy group to call our state rep regarding a bill that combines 2 former bills regarding ambulance and first responder epi-pen training. The bill is sponsored by David Donnely from West Roxbury. I was asked to ask my rep to co-sponser this bill. It is supposed to ensure that fire/police and ambulance personnel have and know how to use the epi-pens. The details I have are sketchy and I wanted to know if any one knew more or had specifics. I was told it is important to call tomorrow. I want to know exactly what I am talking about when I call in the morning. Anyone else heard of this or know more about it? Thanks so much.

Posted on: Sun, 12/03/2000 - 11:38pm
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Sorry, RJM, I'm from MA and I haven't heard of this. I'll try a search on the internet and see if anything comes up. Anyone get the Boston Globe this weekend??

Posted on: Mon, 12/04/2000 - 1:44am
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Here's what I found:
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Ward 20 (precincts 3, 5-20)
David T. Donnelly
Room 136, State House
Boston, MA 02133
Telephone: (617) 722-2396
Party affiliation: Democrat
Email: [email]Rep.DavidDonnelly@state.ma.us[/email]
Profile: [url="http://www.magnet.state.ma.us/legis/member/dtd1.htm"]http://www.magnet.state.ma.us/legis/member/dtd1.htm[/url]
I've sent him an e-mail requesting more information on the bill.

Posted on: Mon, 12/04/2000 - 1:55am
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The bill is being refiled on December 6 so everyone in Ma call your rep. before then to ask him/her to co-sponsor it! I just called my rep's office and she is going to co-sponsor it. She already co sponsored the past two but now those bills are being reworded so it's one bill.
Thanks so much for this info, RJM!
[This message has been edited by Heather (edited December 04, 2000).]

Posted on: Mon, 12/04/2000 - 5:01am
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Hi --
I've been doing more research too. Nothing on the internet or the Globe, though I didn't get to read it thoroughly.
I spoke to the group leader again as well as Donnelly's office. These bills are to make Epi Pen training mandatory for all ambulance personnel and 1st responders ( police, fire etc. ). Apparently, the bills will die in the Health Care Committee by Wednesday if no action is taken.
THAT IS WHY EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS THIS SHOULD CALL THEIR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK THEM TO COSPONSOR THESE BILLS. (for emphasis, I am not yelling )
The current bill #'s are 5461 (ambulance operators ) and 5462 (1st responders). It may be helpful to explain to the representative that in cases calling for epinephrine, time is of the essence and could be a matter of life and death.
My representative is considering it. I will post back when I hear. Good for your rep. Heather!
Good luck eveyone!

Posted on: Mon, 12/04/2000 - 5:02am
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Oops - I didn't read Heather's note closely enough when I said these bills.

Posted on: Mon, 12/04/2000 - 11:17am
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Hi again --
My Rep is going to cosponsor. Family members from different towns are calling their Reps tomorrow.
Take care everyone!
RJM

Posted on: Mon, 12/04/2000 - 11:23am
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I plan to call my rep tomorrow. I'll post what happens.

Posted on: Mon, 12/04/2000 - 11:24pm
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I just called my rep's office and was told that she was undecided about sponsoring the bill. It is apparently on her agenda to discuss today. I urged her office to sponsor the bill. I probably won't receive a phone call back but rather, a follow up letter.

Posted on: Tue, 12/05/2000 - 1:23am
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Do you ever wonder if there is some type of kick back from the peanut industry to members of congress to bury this type of legislation? Why else could someone even consider not passing something that would protect the lives of others? It seems so easy to me. If somethings helps better someones chances at life, vote for it to pass.

Posted on: Tue, 12/05/2000 - 2:31am
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Stacy - good point. I was surprised to hear that my rep hadn't decided if she was going to sponsor it. It seems like a no-brainer to me. Why would she possible not support it?

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