Murt’s Food Allergy Legislation Becomes Law

House and Senate vote to override Rendell veto of House Bill 101 

The House of Representatives and the state Senate have voted to override Gov. Ed Rendell’s veto of House Bill 101, which includes Rep. Thomas P. Murt’s (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) language to require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to research and publish food allergy management guidelines for school districts in developing food allergy reaction management practices. 

“I am pleased my food allergy language has been approved,” said Murt. “Parents cannot always be there to protect their children from foods that will cause an allergic reaction.  My legislation will ensure schools have the information they need to respond when a child has an allergic reaction.” 

Food allergy is believed to be the leading cause of anaphylaxis outside a hospital setting, causing an estimated 30,000 emergency department visits each year in the United States.  Between 6 million and 7 million Americans -- or 2 percent to 2.5 percent of the general population -- suffer from food allergies and it is estimated that as many as 100 to 200 people die each year from food allergic reactions.   

The language authored by Murt will create a statewide uniform set of guidelines to follow in order to recognize which foods could trigger allergic reactions in students, and it will create a standard protocol to follow if a student should develop an allergic reaction at school. 

Both chambers passed House Bill 101 earlier this year.  Rendell vetoed it over concerns about another section of the legislation dealing with property tax exemptions.  As a result of the House and Senate override, the bill will now become law despite the governor’s veto. 

Rep. Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(215) 674-3755
(717) 787-6886
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