Simmons’ Student Health and Safety Bill Heads to House Floor
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton), that would help to ensure the health and safety of Pennsylvania school students who suffer from severe allergic reactions, was unanimously approved by the House Education Committee today. House Bill 2049 will next be considered by the full House of Representatives.

Simmons’ proposal would provide civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine auto-injectors, or epi-pens, to students who experience an allergic reaction. Under the legislation, a school bus driver must first complete a training program developed by the state Department of Health and comply with school district policy to be qualified to use the epi-pen.

“Some school districts and school bus companies currently permit their drivers to administer epi-pens to student passengers who have an allergic reaction,” said Simmons. “However, drivers may be reluctant to apply this treatment because of the fear of legal consequences. My legislation aims to help more children suffering from allergies to receive the benefit of this emergency treatment by removing the legal liability for drivers.”

House Bill 2049 does not mandate that school districts or school bus companies enact an epi-pen policy, only that such a policy would allow for civil immunity if the guidelines are met.

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Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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