Provide Ready Access to Defibrillators in Businesses and Pharmacies

Last updated: Mar 10, 2020

Details about this bill
Category: Pharmacy Related
Status: In Committee
Sponsor: Senator Susan Deschambault, Senate 32 - York County
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1169

Position:

Opposed to original bill.

UPDATE 2/22/2020: The committee amended the bill to remove the mandate for certain commercial buildings and pharmacies have an AED. The bill now requires the Commissioner of Public Safety to create a database of existing AED's that can be accessed when someone calls 911. We can support the amended bill.

 

UPDATE 6/19/19: The bill was recalled from Governor Mills desk and sent back to committee. It will be carried over to 2020.

UPDATE 6/13/19: The Senate passed the bill by a 21-14 vote. The House passed the bill by an 89-52 vote. The bill now awaits action by Governor Mills. We've requested the bill be vetoed.

UPDATE 6/7/19: The Senate table the bill today.

UPDATE: The committee passed the amended bill along party lines. The amended bill removes the training requirement and adds that the AED must be clearly marked. We remain opposed to the bill.

Summary:

This bill requires the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board to amend the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code to require that commercial buildings built or renovated on or after January 1, 2020 with occupancy exceeding 200 individuals have an operational automated external defibrillator on the premises. The bill also requires that retail pharmacies, rural health center pharmacies and free clinic pharmacies have an automated external defibrillator on the premises, and that an individual trained in the use of the defibrillator be present at all times the pharmacy is open to the public.