Bakersfield lawmaker gets CPR bill signed by governor

Bakersfield lawmaker gets CPR bill signed by governor
Then-Assembly candidate Rudy Salas, right, talks to Eyewitness News on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, before the establishment of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene, Calif. (KBAK file photo/Cory Smith)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — State Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, has authored a CPR bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a "direct result" of an 87-year-old woman's death in a Bakersfield care facility.

Lorraine Bayless collapsed in a Glenwood Gardens dining room Feb. 26, when employees of the independent living center called 911. A staff nurse refused to perform CPR on Bayless, citing corporate policy, and Bayless died.

Salas authored AB 633, which will prohibit employer policies that interfere with an employee's right to provide emergency medical services.

"People should be free to save a life without fear of losing their job," said Salas in a news release from his office. "Thankfully, the governor has also recognized this need to provide common sense protection for those who want to do the right thing and are willing to step forward to administer CPR."