ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 3500

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †MAY 11, 2015

 

††††† The Assembly Education Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 3500 with committee amendments.

††††† As amended by committee, this bill requires that beginning on September 1, 2015, municipal or county recreation departments and nonprofit youth serving organizations (such as, Little Leagues, Babe Ruth Leagues, Pop Warner Leagues, Police Athletic Leagues, and youth soccer leagues), which organize, sponsor, or are otherwise affiliated with youth athletic events that are played on municipal, county, school, or other publicly-owned fields, must ensure that there is available on site an AED at each youth athletic event and practice held on the departmentís or organizationís home field.† The department or organization must designate one or more umpires, coaches, or licensed athletic trainers who will be present at the athletic event or practice, to be responsible for ensuring that the AED is available on site.† The designated umpire, coach, or athletic trainer must be trained in CPR and the use of an AED in accordance with law.

††††† Also, beginning September 1, 2015, a youth camp is required to ensure that there is available on site an AED.† The youth camp operator must ensure that access to an AED is available to the majority of the camp population within the timeframe recommended by authoritative sources such as the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the American Academy of Pediatrics, based on the population served and the activities conducted at the youth camp.† This requirement would not apply to camp trips, travel camps, or other off-site programs of the youth camp.† The youth camp must designate one or more counselors, licensed athletic trainers, or other staff members to be trained in CPR and the use of an AED in accordance with law.

††††† A recreation department or youth serving organization will be deemed to be in compliance with the AED requirement if a State-certified emergency services provider or other certified first responder is on site at the athletic event or practice, or in the case of a youth camp on site at the camp, and has an AED available for use on site.† A recreation department, youth serving organization, youth camp and its employees, including licensed athletic trainers, and volunteers will be immune from civil liability in the acquisition and use of an AED.

††††† The committee amended the bill to:

††††† 1)† eliminate sections 1 and 2 of the bill which require that public school students receive instruction in CPR and the use of an AED.† This requirement was enacted in 2014 pursuant to the provisions of P.L.2014, c.36 (C.18A:34-4.28 et seq.);

††††† 2) †provide recreation departments, youth serving organizations, and youth camps until September 1, 2015 to meet the billís requirements as opposed to September 1, 2014;

††††† 3)† in the case of a youth camp, eliminate reference to an athletic field and indoor and outdoor athletic facilities to reflect the fact that an athletic activity could occur on any part of the camp property;

††††† 4)† in the case of a youth camp, eliminate the requirement that the AED be located within reasonable proximity, defined as access within three minutes, of the athletic field or facility.† Under the amendments, the camp operator must ensure that access to an AED is available to the majority of the camp population within the timeframe recommended by authoritative sources such as the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or the American Academy of Pediatrics, based on the population served and the activities conducted by the camp.† This requirement will not apply to camp trips, travel camps, or other off-site programs of the youth camp; and

††††† 5)† include reference to an athletic trainer as an individual who may be designated as a person responsible for the availability and use of an AED