Death of Michael Sutton Spurs Legislative Action

Legislation to require schools to put special plans in place for medical emergencies and to have lifesaving equipment such as defibrillators available for use at sporting events cleared the Senate last week and is poised for final action in the House.

State Rep. John J. Binienda, D-Worcester, said if the bill comes to the Rules Committee, which he chairs, he will not hesitate to advance it to the full House.

“I am wholeheartedly in support of this bill,” Mr. Binienda said of the legislation, which died without action at the end of the 2010 legislative session but was refiled in the current session.

Mr. Binienda, who said it took 20 years for him to get a bill passed in 2010 to require bus drivers and bus driver assistants to learn CPR and anti-choking techniques, does not want to see this bill stall again.

“If it comes to Rules, I will sign it out the second it gets to my committee,” Mr. Binienda said yesterday.

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