New York is set to join 19 other states that ensure students learn CPR before graduation.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the CPR in Schools bill.

The bill now goes to the State Education Commissioner, who has 180 days to recommend to the Board of Regents that they include CPR and AED instruction in the curriculum.

The Regents will have 60 days to act after the commissioner's report.

The American Heart Association is applauding the governor for signing the bill.

“Governor Cuomo’s signature on this bill has the potential to make New York a safer state for all,” said Dan Moran, chair of the New York State Advocacy Committee of the American Heart Association.  “Most of the 424,000 sudden cardiac arrest deaths that happen each year happen in the home. Having CPR performed doubles or triples the chances of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. "