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American Diabetes Association Calls for Tennessee Advocates

There are currently two school diabetes care bills pending before the TN General Assembly. They are SB361/HB3871, sponsored by Senator Jamie Woodson and Representative Joe Armstrong, Chairman, Health and Human Services committee, and SB2658/HB3870 sponsored by Senator Diane Black and Chairman Armstrong. The full text of both bills may be found at www.legislature.state.tn.us. There is a search engine there that will allow you to insert the bill number and pull up the text.

Both bills have been referred to the House and Senate Education committees. SB2658/HB3870 is scheduled for a hearing next Wednesday, March 15th at 8:30 am in Room LP12. This bill clarifies that students may carry all of their necessary diabetes equipment, including sharps, on their person. SB 3612/HB 3871 has not yet been scheduled, but ADA is working to have it placed on the committee calendar soon.

Your active support on both of these pieces of important legislation is needed. Please contact your legislators and ask them to support SB2658/HB3870 and please consider coming to the committee hearing next Wednesday if you are available. Please let other TN advocates know about these bills and encourage them to get involved.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Randi Green, Southeast Advocacy Director of the American Diabetes Association at RGreene@diabetes.org or Crystal Jackson, Manager of Legal Advocacy of the American Diabetes Association at CJackson@diabetes.org.

March 9, 2006



                 
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