ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York state is expected to soon require high schools to train students in CPR.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed into law a measure directing the state’s commissioner of education to come up with a CPR training curriculum.

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Groups such as the American Heart Association had pushed to make the training mandatory for all high school students, citing cases in which lives were saved by someone performing CPR. The training curriculum would include instructions on the use of automatic defibrillators.

Supporters of the training say it can be done in as little as 30 minutes.

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The state’s Board of Regents could reject the training curriculum, but it would have to provide its reasons to the governor and Legislature.

Sixteen states already require CPR training in schools. In August, a similar bill was signed into law in New Jersey, with the training beginning this school year.

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