Bill to train school personnel to administer insulin passes House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/AP) -- Tennessee legislators joined 20 other states and the District of Columbia to encourage the training of teachers and volunteers to administer insulin shots to students.

After debate, the measure passed 76-11, and is heading to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

Several lawmakers, including Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville), said teachers and nurses advised against it, but the bill's sponsor, Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville), said a statewide nurse's group supported it.

Even if a child is able to self-administer the insulin dosage, supporters of the proposal say a nurse -- or specially trained individual -- should be available to assist if necessary.

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