After extensive debate, HB 632, the youth athlete concussion bill, has passed the House on a 59-7 vote. While opponents questioned aspects of the bill, Rep. Mack Shirley, R-Rexburg, said, "There are some elements of this bill that will contribute to the safety of our players." House Majority Leader Mike Molye, R-Star, said, "It provides the mechanism that we can get these players out of the game and protect them if there is an injury." The bill also protects school officials from liability if they follow guidelines, he said, and "most importantly," sets up a system to educate parents, teachers, coaches, players and others about concussions. The bill now moves to a Senate committee.
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