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The North Carolina General Assembly
Senator Louis Pate
North Carolina Governor
North Carolina State Senate

Epinephrine in Every NC School for Emergencies! Senate Needs to Vote!

    1. Angel Gwynn Powell
    2. Petition by

      Angel Gwynn Powell

      Fayetteville, NC

Dear Epi Pen Bill Advocates,

 
This is it!  We are down to the wire.  There is word that our bill may finally move in the Senate, but we have to increase the pressure immediately.  
 
Please take the time to call, email, and visit with:  
Senators Brock, 
 
Our message needs to include the following: 
 
- Why you support House Bill 824 "Epi Pens in Schools" 
- The bill needs to be heard in the Senate Education Committee immediately.  It has languished for too long!
- There are no groups opposing this bill.  There are many groups supporting (NC Association of Pediatricians, School Nurses Association, Mom's Rising, FAAN/FARE, NC FACES, Charlotte and Triad Parents of Allergic Children) 
- This bill is cost neutral.  The law will allow NC grant money that will cover the costs of the Epi Pens.  
- This bill will save children's lives, but we must not wait until we have a child in NC to name the bill after.  
- North Carolina is one of the last states to enact epi pen legislation.  
- Do not modify the bill to make it weaker.  We want it to be mandatory for schools, not voluntary.  If you do get into a discussion about modification, the two changes we would support are changing the wording of "epi pen" to epinephrine autoinjector" so schools are not brand tied.  We also support extending the immunity to private schools.  however, we are down to the wire and it is better to pass the bill as is than have nay more delays while wording is changed.
 
News Links
 
 
Other states have recently publicized cases where similar law have saved childrens lives.  Feel free to share these links and any others that you find. 
 
Please reply if you have things to add to the message or if you hear anything back from your contact efforts.  Please also forward this email to anyone that I have left off or who you know will spread the word and help us get this lifesaving law passed. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Last Chance on the NC Epi Bill!

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer

      Jul 7, 2014 — Dear Epi Pen Bill Advocates,

      This is it! We are down to the wire. There is word that our bill may finally move in the Senate, but we have to increase the pressure immediately.

      Please take the time to call, email, and visit with:
      Senators Brock,

      Our message needs to include the following:

      - Why you support House Bill 824 "Epi Pens in Schools"
      - The bill needs to be heard in the Senate Education Committee immediately. It has languished for too long!
      - There are no groups opposing this bill. There are many groups supporting (NC Association of Pediatricians, School Nurses Association, Mom's Rising, FAAN/FARE, NC FACES, Charlotte and Triad Parents of Allergic Children)
      - This bill is cost neutral. The law will allow NC grant money that will cover the costs of the Epi Pens.
      - This bill will save children's lives, but we must not wait until we have a child in NC to name the bill after.
      - North Carolina is one of the last states to enact epi pen legislation.
      - Do not modify the bill to make it weaker. We want it to be mandatory for schools, not voluntary. If you do get into a discussion about modification, the two changes we would support are changing the wording of "epi pen" to epinephrine autoinjector" so schools are not brand tied. We also support extending the immunity to private schools. however, we are down to the wire and it is better to pass the bill as is than have nay more delays while wording is changed.

      News Links

      Other states have recently publicized cases where similar law have saved childrens lives. Feel free to share these links and any others that you find.
      Virginia: http://www.richmondregister.com/localnews/x493496026/Student-life-saved-with-new-EpiPen-stockpile
      Nevada: http://www.ktvn.com/story/24809195/epi-pens-saving-lives-on-school-campuses
      Kentucky: http://www.lex18.com/news/epipen-saves-madison-county-student-s-life

      Please reply if you have things to add to the message or if you hear anything back from your contact efforts. Please also forward this email to anyone that I have left off or who you know will spread the word and help us get this lifesaving law passed.

    2. Last Chance on Epi Bill in Schools!

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Epi Pen Bill Advocates,

      This is it! We are down to the wire. There is word that our bill may finally move in the Senate, but we have to increase the pressure immediately.

      Please take the time to call, email, and visit with:
      Senators Brock,

      Our message needs to include the following:

      - Why you support House Bill 824 "Epi Pens in Schools"
      - The bill needs to be heard in the Senate Education Committee immediately. It has languished for too long!
      - There are no groups opposing this bill. There are many groups supporting (NC Association of Pediatricians, School Nurses Association, Mom's Rising, FAAN/FARE, NC FACES, Charlotte and Triad Parents of Allergic Children)
      - This bill is cost neutral. The law will allow NC grant money that will cover the costs of the Epi Pens.
      - This bill will save children's lives, but we must not wait until we have a child in NC to name the bill after.
      - North Carolina is one of the last states to enact epi pen legislation.
      - Do not modify the bill to make it weaker. We want it to be mandatory for schools, not voluntary. If you do get into a discussion about modification, the two changes we would support are changing the wording of "epi pen" to epinephrine autoinjector" so schools are not brand tied. We also support extending the immunity to private schools. however, we are down to the wire and it is better to pass the bill as is than have nay more delays while wording is changed.

      News Links

      Other states have recently publicized cases where similar law have saved childrens lives. Feel free to share these links and any others that you find.
      Virginia: http://www.richmondregister.com/localnews/x493496026/Student-life-saved-with-new-EpiPen-stockpile
      Nevada: http://www.ktvn.com/story/24809195/epi-pens-saving-lives-on-school-campuses
      Kentucky: http://www.lex18.com/news/epipen-saves-madison-county-student-s-life

      Please reply if you have things to add to the message or if you hear anything back from your contact efforts. Please also forward this email to anyone that I have left off or who you know will spread the word and help us get this lifesaving law passed.

      Student life saved with new EpiPen stockpile

      RICHMOND - Since the beginning of the school year, two Madison County students have been administered medication through an EpiPen, used to auto-inject a measured dose of epinephrine to treat a severe allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock, the school board learned at Thursday's meeting.

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Mandatory Stock Epinephrine Saves a Child's Life in Kentucky

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer

      This is the exact reason why we need this bill in North Carolina. Kentucky has the law now and because of it a life was saved of an undiagnosed child with nut allergies.

      http://www.lex18.com/news/epipen-saves-madison-county-student-s-life

      EpiPen Saves Madison County Student's Life

      84° Lexington › 19 hours 9 minutes ago A Madison County student was in the right place at the right time when she started to have a severe allergic reaction. Luckily for the student, she was able to get a shot from an EpiPen from the nurse; a shot that saved her life.

    5. Great Media on Our Epipen in Schools Bill!

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer
      Mother, Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Require EpiPens In Schools

      North Carolina lawmakers are reconsidering a bill that could help children with life-threatening food or insect allergies. The act would require each

    6. Handwrite a Letter to the Following Senators ASAP

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer

      N.C. House Bill 824 – Epi Pens in Schools is still alive from last session. It will be in the Senate Appropriations on Education/Higher Education Committee when the North Carolina General Assembly starts in May. We need handwritten letters to the three co-chairs of this Committee. They would not let it be heard last session. If we don't get the Bill out of Committee, it will die. Ideally, it would be great to get folks to write letters from the counties of these three Senators. So, please pass it on if you know folks who live in their counties.

      Also, you may want to call Senator Brock's office (919-715-0690) or email him at andrew.brock@ncleg.net. He initiated similar legislation in the Senate last year, but it did not get out of Committee either and is now dead. We want to encourage him to talk to his fellow Senators about the importance of this Bill.

      House Bill 824: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=h824

      Epi Pens in Schools

      Co-Chairs
      Sen

    7. ASAP--Must Contact the Senate to Urge Support Within Next 2 Days

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer

      We received another update today about the Emergency Epi-Pen in the Schools legislation. Now is the time to act! Senator Soucek and Senator Tillman seem to be the hold-ups. So target their offices. Call, email, and visit all of the members of the Senate Education Committee. Tell them that you want them to support HB 824 and tell them why. Their email addresses are listed below.
      Louis.Pate@ncleg.net
      Dan.Soucek@ncleg.net,
      jerry.tillman@ncleg.net,
      Chad.Barefoot@ncleg.net,
      Austin.Allran@ncleg.net,
      Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net,
      Harry.Brown@ncleg.net,
      Peter.Brunstetter@ncleg.net,
      Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net,
      Bill.Cook@ncleg.net,
      David.Curtis@ncleg.net,
      Warren.Daniel@ncleg.net,
      Don.Davis@ncleg.net,
      Malcolm.Graham@ncleg.net,
      Fletcher.Hartse@ncleg.net

    8. Update! Important Amendments Needed to the Senate Bill! Epinephrine in the

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer

      HB 824 requiring every North Carolina school to have non-specific epinephrine on stock in case of an emergency has PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. Now it's time to get the Senators to VOTE, VOTE! Send this to everyone you know and tell them not to delay in contacting their senators. First and foremost, tell your senators we need this bill!!! Students at risk for anaphylaxis should have emergency epinephrine available to them by their school provider. In addition, we need the senators to amend the bill to protect students who already have a known allergy as well as those who have not been diagnosed with an allergy. They need to clarify section (e) of the bill to do this. In addition, tell senators to amend (f) to ensure immunity from liability under a Good Samaritan law for public, charter and private school educators and properly licensed child care providers who need to use the non-specific epinephrine. None of them should be at risk for being sued if they have to use emergency epinephrine.

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. We have an EMERGENCY EPIPEN bill number-- SB 700

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer

      Everyone, we have a bill number! Now we have to encourage our elected officials to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! Tell your friends not to delay in signing our petition and contacting their elected Senators and Representatives.

      To read the proposed bill go to: http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/BillLookUp/LoadBillDocument.aspx?SessionCode=2013&DocNum=2760&SeqNum=0.

    11. Senator Kay Hagan and Richard Burr Show Support for National Epipen Legisla

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer

      How does this update help inform your suEpiPens in schools! Now both US Senators from North Carolina, Kay Hagan and Richard Burr, have signed on in support of the National School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act.

      If this bill passes, federal incentives will be given to encourage States to enact laws requiring emergency epinephrine in schools. This is even more reason for us to strongly advocate that NC legislators take action now. Please have your friends support our petition at http://www.change.org/​petitions/​the-north-carolina-general-asse​mbly-require-epinephrine-pens-​in-every-school-for-emergency-​use.pporters?

    12. Reached 250 signatures
    13. Keep Gathering Support for Emergency Epinephrine in NC Schools

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer

      We have decided to increase our goal for signatures. In just over one week, we have reached 75% of our original goal. With your help, we think we could get even more signatures. Keep asking your friends to sign the petition.

      Take a look at the attached link to see why this issue is so important!

    14. 50% -- NC Epipen Legislation

      Angel Gwynn Powell
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone, we are half-way to our initial goal to collect 300 signatures. Please send the petition to anyone who might be interested!

    15. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Hailey Hensley ASHEVILLE, NC
      • 4 days ago

      My youngest nephew is going into 1st grade next year in Buncombe County, and he has a severe allergy to peanuts. I know both his mother and I would feel better knowing that his school would have an Epi-Pen on campus for him.

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    • Jessica Weaver GASTONIA, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      Its important because people need to understand its not fair to these kids they can't help they where born with problems and yets part people constantly look past it and don't give a crap

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    • Amber Adcock STANLEY, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      family who have allergies

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    • Katie Thomas BESSEMER CITY, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      For my cousins son that has bad food allergys.

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    • erica Johnson GASTONIA, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      My little cousin can't even attend school because his food allergies are so bad.. does not seem like a reason to miss growing up with other children

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