Simmons’ Student Health and Safety Bill Passes House
6/3/2014
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 of Representatives on Monday. House Bill 2049 will next be considered by the Senate.

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 while riding on the school bus. 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.

“The issue was brought to my attention by several mothers with children who have severe allergies,” said Simmons. “They are concerned about the oversight gap that exists for their kids between home and school. Nurses and trained teachers can administer the epi-pens at school. But what happens if the allergic reaction occurs while the child is on the school bus? My legislation allows the bus driver to help out without the fear of any legal consequences.”

Simmons pointed out that some school districts and school bus companies currently permit their drivers to administer epi-pens to student passengers who have an allergic reaction. However, drivers may be reluctant to apply the potentially lifesaving treatment because of legal liability issues.

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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