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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 25, 2019 02:26 PM
From: Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: DOMinate Epilepsy: Seizure Recognition Legislation
I will soon introduce companion legislation to HB 1820, requiring that school nurses and professional employees be educated on seizure recognition and first aid. This issue was brought to my attention by my constituent, Jessica Rosini and her mother Beth Scolis, who are strong advocates on behalf of their son/grandson Dominic, who inspires the bill’s title.

Beginning with the school year 2021-2022, a school nurse will have completed a Department of Health (DOH) approved online or in-person course that includes information about seizure recognition, seizure action plan, and related first aid. In addition, school professional employees, will have completed a DOH online or in-person course regarding awareness of a student with seizures that include information about seizure recognition and related first aid. The DOH approved online course will be provided by a national nonprofit foundation with an understanding of epilepsy and seizure disorders.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation and supporting the advocacy efforts of Dominic, his mom and grandmom.

Introduced as SB979