Two bills have been introduced to update the statutory requirements relating to installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Although BOMA California was part of the group that negotiated the original law we have long pointed to the fact that the statute is unnecessarily restricting the promulgation of these life-saving devices and we fully support an update.
SB 1436 (Lowenthal; D-Long Beach) and AB 1666 (Olsen; R-Modesto) each would revamp the AED law which is scheduled to “re-set” on January 1, 2013 with new, more onerous language than is currently on the books. However, both bills are slightly different from one another in the details, and only one can become law.
By removing unnecessary barriers to installations of AED in public places, it would increase access to AEDs which can reduce the number of deaths resulting from out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.
Because of the life-saving potential of AEDs and their proven efficacy, we think it is in the public interest for the state to encourage accessibility in public places where cardiac arrest may be a significant risk.
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