American Diabetes Association Applauds Oklahoma House of Representatives

Representative Richard Phillips (R-Warr Acres) Singled Out

For Special Recognition; Representatives Bill Mitchell (D-Lindsay),

Mark Liotta (R-Tulsa) and Doug Miller (R-Norman) Also Praised



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Diabetes Association

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes
 Association today applauded the Oklahoma House of Representatives for its
 passage of Senate Bill 661, a bill to protect children with diabetes in the
 school setting. SB 661 will now go to conference where it will receive further
 consideration.
     "This legislation may eventually provide an extra margin of safety at
 school for the approximately 1,500 school-aged children in Oklahoma with
 diabetes. With its action today, the House of Representatives kept alive the
 hope that these children will no longer face a life-threatening situation
 without trained personnel being at the school," said Doug Dodd of Tulsa, who
 is Chair-elect of the American Diabetes Association's South Central Region.
     Former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh and his wife, Donna, longtime
 advocates of increasing awareness about the seriousness of diabetes, supported
 the action of the Legislature today. "Donna and I, as grandparents of a child
 with diabetes, applaud the action of the Legislature today in sending SB 661
 to conference," said Governor Nigh. "Teachers, as well as others in the school
 system, need awareness of the chronic illnesses children have, especially for
 emergencies. We are very hopeful that the House and Senate can work out
 compromises acceptable to all. We believe that this increased awareness on the
 part of school officials is an important step in the right direction," said
 Governor Nigh.
     "Diabetes is the most overlooked disease and the most needful of our
 support," said Representative Bill Mitchell, a strong supporter of the
 legislation. "This bill provides a vehicle allowing us to work together to
 improve the safety net for kids in school. This is an important first step."
     The American Diabetes Association singled out the leadership of
 Representative Richard Phillips. Both Representative Phillips in the House and
 Senator Glenn Coffee (R-Oklahoma City) have been instrumental in this effort
 to protect kids with diabetes. Families of children with diabetes have much to
 be grateful for as a result of their hard work in the Oklahoma legislature.
 
     The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health
 organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  Founded
 in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing
 services to more than 800 communities.
 
 

SOURCE American Diabetes Association
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes
 Association today applauded the Oklahoma House of Representatives for its
 passage of Senate Bill 661, a bill to protect children with diabetes in the
 school setting. SB 661 will now go to conference where it will receive further
 consideration.
     "This legislation may eventually provide an extra margin of safety at
 school for the approximately 1,500 school-aged children in Oklahoma with
 diabetes. With its action today, the House of Representatives kept alive the
 hope that these children will no longer face a life-threatening situation
 without trained personnel being at the school," said Doug Dodd of Tulsa, who
 is Chair-elect of the American Diabetes Association's South Central Region.
     Former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh and his wife, Donna, longtime
 advocates of increasing awareness about the seriousness of diabetes, supported
 the action of the Legislature today. "Donna and I, as grandparents of a child
 with diabetes, applaud the action of the Legislature today in sending SB 661
 to conference," said Governor Nigh. "Teachers, as well as others in the school
 system, need awareness of the chronic illnesses children have, especially for
 emergencies. We are very hopeful that the House and Senate can work out
 compromises acceptable to all. We believe that this increased awareness on the
 part of school officials is an important step in the right direction," said
 Governor Nigh.
     "Diabetes is the most overlooked disease and the most needful of our
 support," said Representative Bill Mitchell, a strong supporter of the
 legislation. "This bill provides a vehicle allowing us to work together to
 improve the safety net for kids in school. This is an important first step."
     The American Diabetes Association singled out the leadership of
 Representative Richard Phillips. Both Representative Phillips in the House and
 Senator Glenn Coffee (R-Oklahoma City) have been instrumental in this effort
 to protect kids with diabetes. Families of children with diabetes have much to
 be grateful for as a result of their hard work in the Oklahoma legislature.
 
     The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health
 organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  Founded
 in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing
 services to more than 800 communities.
 
 SOURCE  American Diabetes Association