AGENDA ITEM #9
November 9, 2012
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Bill 26-12, Swimming Pools - Defibrillators
Public Safety Committee recommendation (3-0):
enact Bill 26-12 with the following
• change enforcement from Fire and Rescue Service to Department of Health and
Human Services and clarify that HHS is only required to check for the presence of the
AED and whether it is registered with MIEMSS;
• set the effective date as 1 year from the date of enactment; and
• title the bill, "Connor's Law".
Committee members also recommended that the County develop financial assistance for
pools to mitigate the cost of compliance with the bill.
Bill 26-12, Swimming Pools - Defibrillators, sponsored by Councilmembers Leventhal, Riemer,
Rice, Navarro, Andrews, EIrich and Floreen, was introduced on September 11, 2012. A public
hearing was held on October 16 at which 2 speakers testified in support of Bill 26-12 (see
testimony on ©13). A Public Safety committee worksession was held on October 25.
Bill 26-12 would require certain swimming pools to have an automated external defibrillator
available on the premises. See ©7 for a memorandum from the sponsors explaining the purpose
behind Bill 26-12.
The Maryland Pubic Access Automated External Defibrillator Program,
administered by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)
requires facilities with AEDs to meet certain state requirements and be certified by the State
EMS Board (see law on ©l7). This law provides facilities that are in compliance with the law
immunity from civil liability for an act or omissions in the provision of AEDs. Additionally, the
state law provides individuals who use AEDs with protection from civil liability if the person is
Article, § 13-517.