WCMS Advocates for Sam's Law

July 18, 2019

The NC House passed HB955 (Bill Summary). This Bill details the “Seizure Safe Schools Act of 2019” or “Sam’s Law”.

  • Votes: 111 – Yes, 1 – No, 5 – “No Votes”, 3 – “Excused Absence.” Total Votes = 112
  • Now - The NC Senate will begins discussions of SB354 (Bill Summary).

The Western Carolina Medical Society offerred a Letter-Of-Support for both HB955 and corresponding SB354. This letter was sent to the Bill Sponsors to distribute to Elected Officials. 

The letter requested the Bill Sponsors to consider our position and thoughts about Sam’s Law (HB955) regarding seizure disorders in schools. It emphasized this issue as an urgent one, as epilepsy education is particularly important in our rural WNC areas where there is limited medical assistance from specialists. We offerred our full support of the bill and encouraged our representatives to will lean on WCMS as a resource should they need anything from us to help move this effort forward. We also explained our committment to working with them to face any challenges on this issue and those of similar concern to the health and well-being of our WNC community.

The letter was signed by Dr. Suzette LaRoche, Dr. Mark McNeill, and CEO of WCMS, Miriam Schwarz. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A GENERIC VERSION OF OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT 

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