Revised Bill A 961

Posted on: Tue, 11/28/2006 - 10:26am
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This is Bill A961 for NJ that will allow epi pens to be unlocked in classrooms, will allow back up people to give epi pen if nurse is absent even if there is a benadryl order etc. They are voting on it again soon! Call your assemblypeople and ask them to vote for A961!!! It's important. When I cut and pasted, the underlines showing the amended portions didn't copy. You can look it up on the State of NJ website.

(Sponsorship Updated As Of: 6/23/2006)
[First Reprint]
ASSEMBLY, No. 961
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
212th LEGISLATURE
PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2006 SESSION
Sponsored by:
Assemblyman ERIC MUNOZ
District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)
Assemblywoman JOAN M. VOSS
District 38 (Bergen)
Assemblywoman CHARLOTTE VANDERVALK
District 39 (Bergen)
Assemblyman JON M. BRAMNICK
District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)
Co-Sponsored by:
Assemblymen Bateman, Scalera, Diegnan, McKeon, Gregg, Hackett,
Merkt, Gusciora and Baroni
SYNOPSIS
Clarifies the law concerning the emergency administration of epinephrine to
students for anaphylaxis.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As amended by the General Assembly on May 22, 2006.
A961 [1R] MUNOZ, VOSS
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EXPLANATION

Posted on: Tue, 11/28/2006 - 10:41am
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Hi Saknjmom,
Can you tell me the ways in which this differs from what is currently on the books? I'm just being lazy instead of reading both the existing law and proposed bill.
Thanks,
Naturemom

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2006 - 9:41pm
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Yes, it is a nj state law that medications should be locked in the nurse's office. This bill will allow meds to be unlocked and in a child's classroom.
Also, there is a situation with designees. Right now, the law says that if you want a designee in case the nurse is absent, you can have one only if your doctor's instructions do not say give benadryl for hives, proceed with epi pen if symptoms persist.
The reasoning was that a lay person (designee) could not differentiate between when to give benadryl and when to give epi pen. Also, the original bill only covered emergency epi, not other meds like benadryl.
The implications were that many schools didn't have a back up designee or people were having the orders re written to say give epi pen for signs of a reaction.
For me, my DS has been known for mystery hives (less frequently now), eczema and i certainly didn't want him getting an epi pen if he needed a little benadryl.
So, my son doesn't go to school if the nurse is absent.
Those were the main amendments. Do you live in NJ?
Apparently Assemblywoman Vandervalk in Westwood has an anaphylactic granddaughter and this whole issue is near and dear to her heart. There is also a guy named Bagger who co sponsors almost all of these bills.
I think it will pass.
Many schools in NJ apparently do not follow the state guidelines though. I've spoken to many who have back up people with benadryl orders. I had so much trouble when DS entered school mostly due to this subject.

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2006 - 9:43pm
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Naturemom,
if you email me, I will email back the amendment that shows the changes with underlining. It is a pdf.

Posted on: Wed, 12/06/2006 - 9:25pm
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ASSEMBLY BILL A961 HAS BEEN POSTED FOR A VOTE BEFORE THE NEW JERSEY
ASSEMBLY THIS COMING MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006!
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL YOUR TWO ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND
ASK THAT THEY VOTE IN FAVOR OF A961 ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 11!
You can read the full text of the bill at the website for the New
Jersey Legislature ([url]http://www.njleg.state.nj.us[/url]). You can find the
names of your municipality/district Assembly members and their contact
information, too. Just click on Find Your Legislator. Please call or
email, even if you have done so previously.

Posted on: Fri, 12/08/2006 - 3:42am
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My daughter goes to Toms River Regional Schools (18,000 students). I read the revisions to this bill, and mostly it changes "single-dose" epinephrine to "epinephrine device" and other similar wording.
I emailed my legislators. This is a great bill. I'd like to see our district come up with more uniform policies instead of a school-by-school thing, depending on each principal and nurse's feelings about the matter. It's definitely improved since my dd was first in Kindergarten (now she's in 6th grade).

Posted on: Sat, 12/09/2006 - 10:02pm
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Kathy--hi, the bill revises a lot more than single dose epi etc.
It allows meds to be stored in classroom, fixes the problem with benadryl being prescribed with epi pen/delegate.

Posted on: Sun, 12/10/2006 - 8:35am
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And it recommends that schools have policies and kids with allergies are given individual plans -- it is a little grey, but check out the last page of the bill for this.

Posted on: Mon, 12/11/2006 - 12:11am
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TODAY IS THE DAY!!!
It's being voted on, expected to pass, and will be signed into law within something like 40 days, for immediate compliance. I talked to someone at the ASsembly today via phone.
If anyone hears when it passes, please post!
THanks!

Posted on: Mon, 12/11/2006 - 2:33am
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Actually I did read the whole bill, and there were things omitted and added from the original text. I just went to the legislature website, and it has the Assembly starting at 1:00 today, Senate starting at 2:00.
HOWEVER, according to the Star-Ledger, they are voting on about 17 budget bills today so we can only hope they get to this bill A961.
Update:
12/11/2006 Substituted for A961 (1R)
12/11/2006 Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (80-0-0)
Yeah!!!!
[This message has been edited by Kathy L. (edited December 11, 2006).]

Posted on: Mon, 12/11/2006 - 11:59am
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very happy to see it passed.

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