Perdue to sign bill requiring CPR training to graduate high school

From staff reportsJuly 24, 2012 

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Gov. Bev Perdue during a February 2011 interview at The News & Observer.

SHAWN ROCCO — srocco@newsobserver.com

Gov. Bev Perdue is planning to sign a bill that requires North Carolinians to complete a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training course in order to graduate from high school, starting with the graduating class of 2015.

Even though CPR training has technically been required for high school graduation since 1997, it has never enforced and implemented around the state.

Perdue said she will sign House Bill 837 into law on Thursday morning alongside the bill's co-sponsors: Reps. Becky Carney, a Democrat, and Carolyn Justice, a Republican. The measure passed the House and Senate near the end of session with little opposition.

North Carolina is one of five states with such a requirement, according to a release from Perdue.

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