Legislation requiring at least two epinephrine auto-injectors in all Tennessee public and private schools is headed to the governor for his consideration.
The Senate unanimously approved the measure Monday before the House passed it 90-0.
The so-called EpiPen is a device designed to quickly treat serious allergic reactions. Under the proposal, a prescribing doctor or administering nurse would be protected from any injury to a child, unless there was "an intentional disregard for safety."
A proposal is advancing in the Tennessee Legislature that would require at least two epinephrine auto-injectors in all public and private schools in the state.
Proponents of the legislation say it's necessary for children who may not carry a so-called EpiPen, a device designed to quickly treat serious allergic reactions, or for children who have their first reaction at school. The proposal is expected to be heard next week in the House and Senate finance committees.
A Kentucky state lawmaker wants to expand EpiPen use in schools. EpiPens are used to stop the effects of allergic reactions, and currently, state law only allows students with allergies to carry the devices. But Representative Addia Wuchner says not all students are aware of their allergies, and she will again file a bill that would allow schools to carry EpiPens for general use.