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Food Allergy Bill Gains Momentum

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by Emily Luxen

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -- A bill that could help keep kids with food allergies safe at school is gaining momentum in the state legislature.

After passing through two committees this week, HB 866/SB 1146 will go before the House Finance Committee next week.

Station Camp Middle School student, Tyler Edwards, has been watching the bill every step of the way, and supporting it from the beginning.  He suffers from severe food allergies, and believes it could make a big difference for kids like him across the state.

"It will help me know that a lot of kids, and even adults are safer in schools," said Tyler Edwards.

The bill would require all schools, private and public, to be equipped with epinephrine auto-injectors, or "EpiPens," to treat food allergies in children.  It would also allow school personnel to treat students suffering from an allergic reaction.

Tyler said he always keeps his EpiPen close by, but if a student forgets it, the bill will ensure they still have access to one.

"The EpiPen has saved Tyler's life," said his mom, Tammy Edwards. "It can save anybody's life."

Tammy and Tyler hope the bill continues to move forward.

"I am going to be excited when this bill passes," said Tammy Edwards.  "It will be a good thing."

Illinois and Virginia have similar laws in place, and other states are also considering legislation aimed at kids with food allergies.


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