A bill proposed by Republican state senator Bob Huff would require California’s public schools to stock epinephrine injectors and allow school personnel to use them in an emergency. Huff says that the bill would save lives as many children do not know they have food allergies until they have an extreme reaction.
Opponents to the bill, including Democratic Senator Ben Hueso, say the allowance for use is too broad and that only trained medical personnel should be allowed to use the injectors in order to avoid liability.
The hotly-contested bill, which is largely being supported and opposed in a bipartisan manner despite the lead speakers on either side of the issue, is SB 1266. The bill is currently in the Senate Health Committee awaiting action and could go to a floor vote before the summer.