Wisconsin Senate approves bill requiring school CPR training

MADISON -- The state Senate has approved a bill that would require Wisconsin schools to provide CPR training in every health course offered between seventh grade and 12th grade.

Current Wisconsin law requires all public, charter and private schools to offer instruction in CPR and external defibrillators to high school students. The Republican bill would require all schools to offer CPR and defibrillator training in any health class offered to grades seven through 12.

According to the American Heart Association, 26 states require CPR training to graduate.

The Assembly passed the proposal earlier this month, and the Senate passed it 26-6 Tuesday. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.