A bill to add CPR training to the health requirements to graduate from Kentucky schools has been proposed in the General Assembly.

Introduced by state Rep. Jeff Greer, a Brandenburg Democrat, the bill would require Kentucky high schools to include CPR training in health education.

The bill is gaining support from lawmakers across the state, including many from Jefferson County.

Without requiring students or instructors to become CPR certified, the training would provide students with hands-on skills that will enable them to respond to certain emergency situations.

Twelve states have passed similar legislation, according to the American Heart Association.

Iowa and Alabama are currently the only states that require CPR training as a prerequisite for graduation.

State Rep. Jeff Donohue, a Louisville Democrat, says the bill will benefit students and the community.

“I don’t know why the legislation hasn’t been brought before,” he said. “I think it’s an excellent idea.  I think it is a win scenario for everybody.”

Donohue said he hasn’t seen any opposition to the bill, which has yet to be voted on in the House or Senate.

Concerns about the legislation include the costs associated with providing training equipment and potential changes to current curriculum to blend the instruction into the school day.

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Jacob Ryan is a reporter for the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.