Gov. Walker Signs CPR Mandate Bill Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed legislation into law today at Wausau West High School which requires CPR instruction to students in Wisconsin.

Assembly Bill 545, authored by Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) and Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), requires school boards to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary and cardiocerebral resuscitation in any health education course offered to pupils in grades 7 to 12 and to provide instruction about automated external defibrillators to pupils in grades 7 to 12, beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

Previously, schools were required to offer this instruction to pupils enrolled in high school grades.

Since the WASB had no existing resolution specifically on this topic, because schools already had an existing similar requirement, and the significant effort by the bill authors to address our financial concerns, the WASB was neutral on this bill.