Knesset okays bill requiring defibrillators in public places

A bill requiring the installation of electronic defibrillators in all public areas to revive people who go into cardiac arrest was approved by the Knesset plenum in its second and third readings on Monday. The private members' bill by MKs Stas Meseznikov (Israel Beiteinu), Arye Eldad (NU/NRP), Gilad Erdan (Likud) and Marina Solodkin (Kadima) will require the installation of defibrillators in government ministries, local authorities, airports, seaports, passenger ships, sports stadiums, fitness rooms with at least 500 members, IDF installations, old age homes, prisons, hotels with at least 250 rooms, public swimming pools, recognized beaches, colleges and universities with more than 500 students, and event and conference halls with space for over 500 people. Judy Siegel contributed to this report.