By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new law that requires New Mexico students to learn CPR before high school graduation will take effect with students entering ninth grade in the 2017-2018 school year.

SB 1 and HB 104 became law on March 2 requiring CPR to be taught in school. New Mexico is the 28th state to require that students learn how to perform CPR. About 18,480 students should be trained each year.

The legislation requires that schools educate students on basic first aid, CPR, the use of an AED and how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on choking victims.

The public education department must develop rules to implement the law by Dec. 31.

Although the new law will take effect with incoming freshmen of 2017-2018, many sophomores and upperclassmen will be able to take the CPR course before graduation, said Isaac Padilla, spokesman for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez.