Rep. Klippert has two bills signed into law, including measure allowing schools to administer nasal spray medication for students

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Rep. Klippert has two bills signed into law, including measure allowing schools to administer nasal spray medication for students 

Today the governor signed two bills prime-sponsored by Rep. Brad Klippert, including a potentially life-saving measure for students who suffer from epileptic seizures.

Rep. Klippert introduced House Bill 1541 after a constituent requested he consider sponsoring legislation that would allow a trained person at schools to administer nasal spray medication to students.

“When I met this parent she informed me that her son had been diagnosed with epilepsy and suffered from epileptic seizures. And, while there is an antiepileptic drug that when administered quickly by nasal spray can help stop a seizure and help prevent brain damage, only a school nurse has the authority to administer this medication under current state law,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick. “The concern was if there is not a school nurse present they must call for the nurse or dial 911. Meanwhile, a child's life may be a stake and every second counts when we are talking about seizures.”

The law would affect many epileptic children in Washington, but it applies to all nasal spray medications, including those for allergies.

The governor also signed House Bill 1677, Klippert's bill that relates to operators of adult family homes.

“Current state law makes it nearly impossible to purchase multiple adult family care homes at one time, even if you are currently providing excellent care to the elderly or the most vulnerable at the time,” said Klippert. “This law will allow someone who is currently providing quality care for our elderly and most vulnerable to purchase more than one adult family care home at one time if they have already been providing quality care to our elderly and vulnerable for at least a year.”

Both bills will take effect on July 28, 2013.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Gov. Inslee signs Rep. Klippert's House Bill 1541, allowing schools to administer nasal spray medications for students.

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