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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is close to joining more than 20 states and the District of Columbia that have passed laws that add insulin to medications school staff may volunteer to be trained to administer.

The Tennessee Senate unanimously passed the legislation earlier this week and it's scheduled for a full vote in the House on Thursday.

Kentucky made the legislation a law this month, and other states proposing similar bills are Alabama, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Even if a child is able to self-administer the insulin dosage, supporters of the proposal say a nurse - or specially trained individual - should be available to assist if necessary.

However, a group representing school nurses says the experience of a nurse is needed in case a dosage needs to be adjusted.

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