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Amendment

 

February Session, 2014

LCO No. 4192

   
 

*HB0511304192HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. CAFERO, 142nd Dist.

REP. KLARIDES, 114th Dist.

REP. CANDELORA, 86th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5113

File No. 622

Cal. No. 103

"AN ACT CONCERNING YOUTH ATHLETICS AND CONCUSSIONS. "

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a task force to study occurrences of concussions in youth athletics and to make recommendations for possible legislative initiatives to address such concussions. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, an examination of (1) current best practices in the recognition and prevention of concussions in youth athletics, (2) current policies and procedures for addressing concussions utilized by operators of youth athletic leagues in the state, (3) training of employees and volunteers participating in such youth athletic leagues, and (4) relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations involving concussions.

(b) The task force shall consist of the following members:

(1) Two appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall represent the governing authority for intramural and interscholastic athletics, and one of whom shall represent the Connecticut State Medical Society;

(2) Two appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one of whom shall represent county medical associations, and one of whom shall represent the American Association of Neurology;

(3) Two appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall represent licensed athletic trainers, and one of whom shall be a coach of youth athletics;

(4) Two appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, one of whom shall be a physician trained in sports medicine, and one of whom shall represent the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut;

(5) Two appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be an academic who has studied the effects of concussions on children, and one of whom shall represent the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists;

(6) Two appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, one of whom shall represent the Connecticut Concussion Task Force, and one of whom shall represent the Connecticut Children's Medical Center;

(7) Two appointed by the house chairperson of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, one of whom shall represent a parent advocacy group that advocates for concussion awareness, and one of whom shall be a chiropractor licensed pursuant to chapter 372 of the general statutes;

(8) Two appointed by the senate chairperson of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, one of whom shall represent the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association, and one of whom shall be an attorney with experience representing brain injury survivors;

(9) The Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee;

(10) The Commissioner of Children and Families, or the commissioner's designee;

(11) The Commissioner of Education, or the commissioner's designee; and

(12) A representative of the Hezekiah Beardsley Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who shall be appointed by the Governor.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) The administrative staff of the Commission on Children shall serve as administrative staff of the task force.

(f) Not later than January 1, 2015, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children and public health, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 2015, whichever is later. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 501

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