Rep. Ober supports epinephrine civil immunity (1/30/2014)

Thursday, January 30, 2014 7:00 pm

Start Date:  1/30/2014  Start Time:  8:00 AM
End Date:  1/30/2014  End Time:  8:00 AM
STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1323 authored by State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion) passed out of the House Thursday with a unanimous vote.

HB 1323 allows higher education entities to develop policies on their campuses relating to who can administer epinephrine and related training programs. It also provides civil immunity for anyone affiliated with a university that has established an epinephrine plan who administers an EpiPen to someone. 

“Between 4 and 6 percent of a university’s population is at risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction,” said Rep. Ober. “That’s a pretty significant number. Many higher education institutions are leery of creating policies to deal with this issue because currently there is no guarantee of protection if a faculty member or student employee were to administer epinephrine in good faith and something were to go wrong. Fear of legal penalties should never prevent someone from saving a life.”

Current law does not grant expressed civil immunity for a person affiliated with a university who would administer epinephrine to a person suffering an allergic reaction.

HB 1323 will now go to the Senate for further discussion.

Rep. Ober represents all of Noble County and portion of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.