EpiPen bill advances, with testimony from Natalie Giorgi's momLoading
  • A photograph of Natalie Giorgi who died from an allergic reaction to peanut butter in July after taking a bite into a Rice Krispies treat at Camp Sacramento, rests at the State Capitol as her mother Joanne Giorgi came to support Senate Bill 1266 on Wednesday April 02, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. The Bill would increase the prevalence of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, in California schools,. It would not have helped Natalie Giorgi the 13-year-old girl died despite the administration of epinephrine. But Natalie's mother, Joanne Giorgi, told lawmakers Wednesday that access to the medication could help other children. "You will save a life," she told the Senate Education Committee, which voted without dissent to move the bill forward.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joanne Giorgi whose daughter Natalie Giorgi, 13, died last year from an allergic reaction to peanut butter after taking a bite into a Rice Krispies treat at Camp Sacramento, is hugged by a supporter as she arrives to support Senate Bill 1266 on Wednesday April 02, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. The Bill would increase the prevalence of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, in California schools,. It would not have helped Natalie Giorgi, she died despite the administration of epinephrine. But Natalie's mother, Joanne Giorgi, told lawmakers Wednesday that access to the medication could help other children. "You will save a life," she told the Senate Education Committee, which voted without dissent to move the bill forward.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joanne Giorgi whose daughter Natalie Giorgi, 13, in picture at right, died last year from an allergic reaction to peanut butter after taking a bite into a Rice Krispies treat at Camp Sacramento, arrives to testify in support of Senate Bill 1266 on Wednesday April 02, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. The Bill would increase the prevalence of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, in California schools,. It would not have helped Natalie Giorgi, she died despite the administration of epinephrine. But Natalie's mother, Joanne Giorgi, told lawmakers Wednesday that access to the medication could help other children. "You will save a life," she told the Senate Education Committee, which voted without dissent to move the bill forward. Senate Bill 1266, by Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, at left, would require school districts to give EpiPens to trained personnel to provide emergency medical aid to anyone suffering from a severe allergic reaction. The bill would expand existing law, which allows - but does not require - school districts to stock the medicine.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joanne Giorgi whose daughter Natalie Giorgi, 13, died last year from an allergic reaction to peanut butter after taking a bite into a Rice Krispies treat at Camp Sacramento, gave an emotional testimony in support of Senate Bill 1266 on Wednesday April 02, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. The Bill would increase the prevalence of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, in California schools,. It would not have helped Natalie Giorgi, she died despite the administration of epinephrine. But Natalie's mother, Joanne Giorgi, told lawmakers Wednesday that access to the medication could help other children. "You will save a life," she told the Senate Education Committee, which voted without dissent to move the bill forward. Senate Bill 1266, by Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, at left, would require school districts to give EpiPens to trained personnel to provide emergency medical aid to anyone suffering from a severe allergic reaction. The bill would expand existing law, which allows - but does not require - school districts to stock the medicine. At right is Mark Lohman of Murietta, Calif., who spoke on behalf of his son Corey Lohman's whose life was saved by an injection and Dr. Travis Miller and allergist who works in Sacramento and Roseville also testfied with a line of supporters pictured behind at right.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joanne Giorgi, gave an emotional testimony in support of Senate Bill 1266 on Wednesday April 02, 2014 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Her daughter Natalie Giorgi, 13, died last year from an allergic reaction to peanut butter after taking a bite into a Rice Krispies treat at Camp Sacramento. The Bill would increase the prevalence of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, in California schools,. It would not have helped Natalie Giorgi, she died despite the administration of epinephrine. But Natalie's mother, Joanne Giorgi, told lawmakers Wednesday that access to the medication could help other children. "You will save a life," she told the Senate Education Committee, which voted without dissent to move the bill forward. Senate Bill 1266, by Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, would require school districts to give EpiPens to trained personnel to provide emergency medical aid to anyone suffering from a severe allergic reaction. The bill would expand existing law, which allows - but does not require - school districts to stock the medicine. At right is Dr. Travis Miller an allergist who practices in Sacramento and Roseville and also testified in behalf of the Bill.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Shayla Verma, 9, of Valley View Elementary school in Rocklin testified in behalf of Senate Bill 1266 at the state capitol on Wednesday April 02, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. , along with Joanne Giorgi, left, and Dr. Travis Miller, right.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • At right Joanne Giorgi and her sister Linda Biles listen after she testified in support of Senate Bill 1266 on Wednesday April 02, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. Over a dozen supporters including nurses, a doctor, parents and children who would benefit from the Bill, showed up in support and waited in a long line to testify.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joanne Giorgi, center, and her sister Linda Biles listen to testimony in support of Senate Bill 1266 on Wednesday April 02, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. Giorgi, was celebrating her birthday that day and said it was an honor to testify in memory of her daughter Natalie Giorgi, 13, who died last year from an allergic reaction to peanut butter after taking a bite into a Rice Krispies treat at Camp Sacramento. The Bill would increase the prevalence of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, in California schools,. It would not have helped Natalie Giorgi, she died despite the administration of epinephrine. But Natalie's mother, Joanne Giorgi, told lawmakers Wednesday that access to the medication could help other children. "You will save a life," she told the Senate Education Committee, which voted without dissent to move the bill forward. Senate Bill 1266, by Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, would require school districts to give EpiPens to trained personnel to provide emergency medical aid to anyone suffering from a severe allergic reaction. The bill would expand existing law, which allows - but does not require - school districts to stock the medicine. At right is Dr. Travis Miller an allergist who practices in Sacramento and Roseville and also testified in behalf of the Bill.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Senator Ben Hueso, left, said he would give initial support to the measure despite a litany of concerns on Wednesday April 02, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. Hueso, D-San Diego, said, "The problem I have with this specific issue is that we are asking personnel that's not medically trained to make a diagnosis."
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Linda Biles, left, smiles with her sister Joanne Giorgi, right, on Wednesday April 02, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif., after the vote to move Senate Bill 1255 forward at the State Capitol. Giorgi, was celebrating her birthday that day and said it was an honor to testify in memory of her daughter Natalie Giorgi, 13, who died last year from an allergic reaction to peanut butter after taking a bite into a Rice Krispies treat at Camp Sacramento. The Bill would increase the prevalence of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, in California schools,. It would not have helped Natalie Giorgi, she died despite the administration of epinephrine. But Natalie's mother, Joanne Giorgi, told lawmakers Wednesday that access to the medication could help other children. "You will save a life," she told the Senate Education Committee, which voted without dissent to move the bill forward. Senate Bill 1266, by Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, would require school districts to give EpiPens to trained personnel to provide emergency medical aid to anyone suffering from a severe allergic reaction. The bill would expand existing law, which allows - but does not require - school districts to stock the medicine. At right is Dr. Travis Miller an allergist who practices in Sacramento and Roseville and also testified in behalf of the Bill.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joanne Giorgi whose daughter Natalie Giorgi, 13, died last year from an allergic reaction to peanut butter after taking a bite into a Rice Krispies treat at Camp Sacramento is hugged by a supporter after she testified in support of Senate Bill 1266 on Wednesday April 02, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. The Bill would increase the prevalence of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, in California schools,. It would not have helped Natalie Giorgi, she died despite the administration of epinephrine. But Natalie's mother, Joanne Giorgi, told lawmakers Wednesday that access to the medication could help other children. "You will save a life," she told the Senate Education Committee, which voted without dissent to move the bill forward.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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