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Mon March 18, 2013
Oklahoma Panel OKs Bill for Allergy Shots in Schools
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow schools to store epinephrine shots and give them to students in an allergic emergency.
The Senate Education committee approved the proposal Monday from Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond in a 10-1 vote. It already passed the House and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
The bill would let schools stock epinephrine injectors, which are used when people experience severe allergic reactions to nuts or other substances. Students are already allowed to give themselves the shot if they need it, but this bill would also let trained school employees or nurses do so.
Jolley says his bill needs work to address liability and other concerns raised by school officials. Sen. Susan Paddock of Ada gave the lone nay vote.