"Many children are first diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy when they have their very first reaction at daycare," she said.
Brent Townsend, a pediatric radiologist in Raleigh, supported Blinn's appeal. He said recent studies show one in 12 people have food allergies, and that number is increasing for reasons that aren't fully understood.
Bill sponsors said they're exploring adding daycares and private schools to the clause freeing employees of liability.
The bill, which passed the Education Committee unanimously, goes to the House floor next.