Monday, March 30, 2009

NW Arkansas Walkers Registers As You're The Cure Members

NW Arkansas volunteers challenged by snow, wind and rain still put on a great Heart Walk on Saturday, March 28th. The event scheduled for Pinnacle Hills Promenade had to relocate at the final hour on Friday. The event moved to the Hyper Building on the U of A campus but from the set up and enthusiam of all the walkers and volunteers a little bit of snow and sleet was not going to dampen their efforts.

The Walk was a great event, our congratulations go out to new staff member Stephanie Daniels and others members of the NW Arkansas office under the direction of Cindy Hudlow. At last count they had raised over $415,000. WOW Great Job.

Volunteers at the Walk joined the Association You're The Cure network and sent messages of thanks to state lawmakers for their support on the AED CPR bill that recently passed. The bill named in honor of a high school student in Little Rock who died on the Basketball court in January of 2008 is now the Antony Hobbs, III Act of 2009.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fire Safe Cigarette Bill Goes to Arkansas Governor

Fire Safe Cigarette Bill Sent to Governor

Arkansas will be come the 40th state to pass legislation to require all cigarettes sold in Arkansas be fire safe cigarettes (reduced ignition propensity). What does this mean - it will requires the cigarettes be made of special paper that will extinguish itself if not puff in a certain length of time.

The bill, by Representative Steve Harrelson, passed both the House and Senate and now is in the Governors office for his approval.

HB1402 - Cigarette Fire Safety Act Creates the Arkansas cigarette fire safety standard act; concerning the reduced ignition propensity standards for cigarettes sold in the state of Arkansas; creates the cigarette fire safety standard fund.

This is one more positive step in tobacco control for the state of Arkansas.

Monday, March 23, 2009

AED CPR Bill signed by Governor Mike Beebe

The AED CPR bill SB312 the Antony Hobbs, III Act was signed into law on Thursday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m by Governor Mike Beebe. Joining the bill sponosrs and volunteers from the American Heart Association were Hobbs parents Mr. and Mrs. Antony Hobbs. Antony died of sudden cardiac arrest on January 2, 2008 at a Parkview High School Basketball game.

With the passage of this bill all school campus' across the state will have an automated external defibrillator and trained school personnel in basic CPR. Impelemntation should begin immediately and is scheduled for completion by May 2011.

Friday, March 13, 2009

AED/CPR Bill to Be Voted on Monday!

We are only One Step Away from putting an AED on every school campus and training school staff in CPR! SB 312 will be voted on by the full House Monday March 16.

Please click here and tell your House member to vote YES and protect our children at school. Take action before Monday to let your voice be heard. (Note: You will also be thanking your Senator for already voting Yes!)

Immediate intervention of CPR is the only thing that can keep the heart beating until emergency response teams arrive on scene. An AED is the only device that can shock the heart when sudden cardiac arrest occurs. These two components are lifesaving measures that could avert a potential tragedy at school.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

AED/CPR in Schools only One Step Away

The Arkansas House Education Committee passed the AED/CPR in schools bill! It will now go to the full House for a vote. If you are unfamiliar with this bill it will put an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on every school campus in the state.

AEDs are the life saving devices that can shock a heart back to its normal rhythm after is goes into cardiac arrest. The bill will also provide training for school staff to be trained in CPR. AEDs and CPR are the best way to save a life when a sudden cardiac event occurs.

All children should be protected while at school and this law will help ensure their safety throughout the school day and at athletic events and practices.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

AED/CPR in Schools Measure Takes Next Step

As mentioned below the AED/CPR in school bill has been passed by the Arkansas Senate. It will now go to the House and is expected to be heard in the Education Committee in the coming days. Please tell your House member to support this bill!

All it takes is two clicks to send your message of support. 1. Click here to see the letter you will send. 2. Fill in your contact information so we can match you with the appropriate district and click “take action”. Thanks!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Arkansas Senate Passes AED/CPR in schools bill

Breaking News: Arkansas Senate has passed the AED/CPR in Schools bill 33-0. This legislation would require an AED for every school campus and provide CPR training for school staff. Thanks to all the You’re the Cure advocates who contacted their Senator on this issue!

It will now go to the House for consideration. CPR and AEDs have proven to be lifesaving techniques when used after someone suffers a sudden heart attack. All schools deserve to have AEDs and staff trained in CPR. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help get this bill out of the House and on the Governor’s desk….

Friday, March 6, 2009

Visit with Senator Lincoln, Senator Pryor and Representative Snyders staff


Your Arkansas Legislative committee is making huge strides this session here in our home state, but we also are taking an interest in what our national legislators are working on. Wednesday morning committee chariman Laine Berry delivered our national agenda to the offices of Lincoln, Pryor and Snyder. Our delegation looks forward to a successful lobbyday in April!

Session Update: Advocacy in Action

It has been a busy, yet exciting time at the Arkansas State Capitol. We have seen success on some of our priority issues like the 56 cent tobacco tax increase that will reduce smoking and save millions of dollars in health costs. But we still have work to do if we want to accomplish all of our goals.

We need your continued support if we want to build healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke. Here is an update on the issues we have been working on:

Tobacco Tax Increase
What it Does: It will increase the tobacco tax by 56 cents, reduce smoking in the state, and fund key health programs like the two issues below.
Where the Bill is: It has been passed by both chambers and signed by the Governor!
What can I do? Click here to thank Governor Beebe and members who voted YES.

AED/CPR in School Bill
What it Does: This bill would place an automated external defibrillator (AED) on all school campuses and will train school personnel in basic CPR.
Where the Bill Is: It has been passed by a Senate committee and will be heard by the full Senate Monday!
What can I do? Take action before Monday and tell lawmakers to support the AED/CPR bill for all schools across Arkansas.

State Trauma System Act
What it Does: This bill would allow the state to create a statewide trauma system that will improve emergency care in Arkansas.
Where the Bill Is: It has been passed by the Senate, passed by its House committee and will be voted on by the full House today.
What can I do? Please take Action Today and tell lawmakers to vote YES on the Trauma System bill.

The State Trauma System Bill was passed by the House today and will now go to the Governor! Click on the link above to thank members that voted YES.

With your help we can continue to make an impact in the fight against heart disease and stroke in Arkansas.

Barbara Kumpe
Arkansas Government Relations Director
909 W. 2nd Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

AED/CPR Bill Passes First Step

A bill that will put an Automated External Defibrillator in every school and provide CPR training for school staff has been passed by a Senate Committee. It will now be voted on by the full Senate on Monday March 9th. Watch video below of Senator Steele Introducing AED CPR Bill to Education Committee

View AED Demo by Paula Smtih R.N. during Senate Education Committee

Please tell your Senator to vote YES and help protect our children while they’re at school. CPR and AEDs have proven to be lifesaving techniques when used after someone suffers a sudden heart attack. All schools deserve to have AEDs and staff trained in CPR. Because of your help passing a tobacco tax increase - - funding is now available for this program. All we have to do pass it! Again, please take action at the link above! Sincerely, Barbara Kumpe Government Relations Director Heart Disease and Stroke. You’re the Cure.

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