\"WE\" DID IT! The Bill Passed the House of Rep. Sub Committee in Tennessee!

Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2006 - 12:44am
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Just a little information so if you are not familiar with what we've been trying to get accomplished in the House of Representatives in the state of Tennessee. My son has a PA and he almost died at a Metro Nashville Public School in Tennessee on 09/12/2005 by him unknowingly coming into contact with some form of peanut butter products in music class. My son's Pediatrician thinks there was some form of PB product on the desk where he was sitting. The School System would not make the accommodations requested by my son's pediatrician. The Metro Nashville School System states that this is because the State of Tennessee Attorney General has said that PA's are not a disability. I STRONGLY disagree with the Tennessee Attorney General regarding this issue and I decided that something has to be done to protect these children with anaphylaxis food allergies. Therefore, I pulled my son out of MNPS and started Home Schooling him. Then I proposed legislation be put into place to make school districts work with Pediatricians to come to a resolution to protect these children at the very least. However, when we went in front of the House of Representatives two weeks ago, they asked for policies that other states and school districts have put into place to protect their children. I posted this topic on the PA Network and asked for all of you guys help. The response I got was unbelievable! You guys are GREAT! I got ton's of e-mail's from you all and you all sent me policies that your State and/or School District has in place. All of this information was presented to the House of Representatives yesterday, Tuesday 03/07/2006. "Our bill" passed the First House Committee yesterday, and it is going to the Full House Committee next week. I wanted to let everyone know how much I appreciate your help and that due to all of your help the Bill did pass the first Committee yesterday! Thank You & May God Bless You ALL!

Laura Duke
[email]7051996@bellsouth.net[/email]

Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2006 - 1:52am
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Congrats!!
Way to go!!
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Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2006 - 5:14am
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Posted on: Sun, 03/12/2006 - 11:37am
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How can I get a copy of your bill?

Posted on: Sun, 03/12/2006 - 12:04pm
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Edited to add the link: [url="http://www.legislature.state.tn.us"]www.legislature.state.tn.us[/url]
"Bill Summary for *HB2442 / SB2883
This bill would require the department of education to develop guidelines for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies no later than January 1, 2007. These guidelines would include, but not be limited to:
(1) Education and training of school personnel on proper medication procedures and care for students with such allergies;
(2) Procedures for responding to allergic reactions;
(3) Development of individualized health care and action plans for every student with such an allergy; and
(4) Protocols to prevent allergen exposure.
Based on these guidelines, this bill would require each LEA to implement, by July 1, 2007, a management plan for students suffering from such allergies."
Take Care,
Laura & Brentson Duke

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 5:01am
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way to go laura! i had my husband write to our senators also reguarding this bill!!
congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 5:15am
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Thank You! We need as much help as we can get from everyone! The bill is not as strict and as tough as I would like it, but it is a start. I have attached a copy of "Brentson's Law" that I wanted to be proposed into legislation. However, I was told that we had to start with broad legislation and then go from there.
Take Care,
Laura & Brentson Duke
[email]7051996@bellsouth.net[/email]
Brentson

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 8:34am
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Please help me! I want to lobby against nuts here in Texas schools. Where do I start? My son will be 1 tomorrow and we have been doing this since he was 9 months old. I know I need to start now to protect him in schools. Please help me!
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Francey Westinghouse
No more Nuts allowed!

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 8:53am
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I will get all of the email information that I have together for the state of Texas and forward it on to you. I know that my son will not be going back to the "Metro Nashville Public Schools" anytime soon. There has to be a lot more done, than just this legislation that we've proposed in front of the House of Representatives to keep "Our Children" safe! There has to be an extremely tough and strict law passed with out any loop holes, or anyway for the school districts to get out of doing what is right to protect "Our Children!"
Laura & Brentson Duke
[email]7051996@bellsouth.net[/email]

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 10:51am
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laura
i just read over the bill that passed in your state ! way to go!
its nuts that you need to get a law to pass to get a school to do this for a child with a life thretining allergy. our sons school does all of this for us because it is there pollicy. i hope this passes in all of the states. ill write to hillary rodham clinton and charles schumer again to pressure them to adopt this for the state of ny. for all the kids who dont have a school that wants to protect them....
great job
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erin

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2006 - 11:48am
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My son and I both appreciate your help more than you will ever know! I hope and pray that if everyone contacts their Senators and Representatives from their state that some of these Senator's and Representatives will stand up and take some action to help protect all of "Our Children!" I believe that if all of us as parents stand together on this issue that our voices will be heard!
Take Care,
Laura & Brentson Duke
[email]7051996@bellsouth.net[/email]

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