Senate To Vote On ‘Hannah’s Law’ Today

By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — The Minnesota Senate is set to vote on a new bill which would require every worker at day care centers in the state to be trained in CPR.

The bill, named after Hannah Kozitza, would also require someone with CPR training to be on field trips.

Current law only requires one day care worker to be trained in CPR.

“Hannah’s Law” was sparked in part by a WCCO-TV I-TEAM investigation into a Kozitza’s death last summer. The 4-year-old died after choking on a grape at a day care in North Mankato.

Investigation found that one of the workers who performed CPR on Hannah may have never been trained to do so.

The bill was already passed by the Minnesota House, and now moves onto the Senate, where it is also expected to pass.

Hannah’s family is expected to be on-hand as the Senate votes.

“The reality of this whole thing is Hannah went to daycare and didn’t come home,” said Hannah’s grandfather Ron Edlund. “How much was that based on not being qualified to take care of her?”

If passed, the bill then heads to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.

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  • momof5

    Isn’t this a no brainer to the day care centers out there??? While I was going to college, I worked for the local YWCA in their latchkey program and everyone that worked their was required to have CPR training. It is really sad that there has to be a law for something that should be common sense.

  • Suzette M

    In addition to CPR, it should also be required for employees to know the Heimlich Maneuver. When it comes to our children or ANYBODY that requires care, the caregiver can never be over qualified!!

  • idiocracy

    Why is our legislaturer’s time wasted on this issue? This should be a mandate from whatever agency licenses daycare centers. Not that hard. Unless people that are closer to the childcare industry, who know how things work and the best practices, think this law is overkill… That’d make sense.

  • idiocracy

    So, I was thinking “who doesn’t know the heimlich maneuver”? Then it hit me that the average person’s reaction time sucks. So, I’ll be surprised if this law saves one life.

    • momof5

      Very good point, people often panic in emergency situations, one time my son was chocking on an ice cube of all things, at the beach and the life guard came over and said he didn’t know cpr. I am sure he was just in a panic because he probably had never been in that situation before, luckily I knew what to do and all was fine. I don’t think this law will necessarily safe a life either and just because it is a law doesn’t mean centers will follow it unless it is monitored by social services, who give out day care licenses. Another question I have is will every worker have to display their certification at the center, just like hair stylists have to do?

      • Jessica

        A Lifeguard doesn’t know CPR as a First Responder? Really? I find that part of this story difficult to believe. Sorry but it’s mandatory training.

        • me

          Lifeguards are required to have “CPR for the professional rescuer,” to be certified. Either the lifeguard was lying or he wasn’t a real lifeguard.

          • me

            And CPR stands for CardioPulmonary Resuscitation which is used when a person’s heart stops beating. If your son was choking on an ice cube would need the Heimlich Maneuver to remove the obstruction.

        • momof5

          I didn’t think he didn’t know it either, I think he was out of his element. I live in a small town and nothing too dramatic happens at the little swim hole we call the beach. I know it is mandatory training, because I was a lifeguard. I think the kid just froze.

        • Nichole

          Just because someone has been ‘trained’ in something doesn’t mean they’ll remember it…

  • Nancy Aleshire

    This law makes a lot of sense. When you have a roomful of active kids younger than six it takes more than one childcare worker knowing CPR to make a difference. Pass Hannah’s Law at once. I’m trying to go after legislators to pass a law mandating cameras in group homes, nursing homes and places employing those with disabilities. My son was killed in one of these facilities. This would protect those without a voice.

  • red

    Amen Nancy, I agree with you! There is a lot of bull going on in those group homes for those people w/o a voice. You nver know what may be happening to those residents who are unable to speak or or defend for themselves. As for that lifeguard, I also feel he freaked out and froze up

  • Dewa

    lifeguard certification…


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