Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

File No. 414

    February Session, 2018

Substitute House Bill No. 5291

House of Representatives, April 11, 2018

The Committee on Public Health reported through REP. STEINBERG of the 136th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO INFORMATION REGARDING THE SAFETY OF SPORTS HELMETS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2018) (a) Any manufacturer that sells protective headgear that meets performance standard criteria set forth by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment may report to the State Department of Education that such protective headgear is certified as meeting the general or sports specific performance standards of said committee. Such report may include the severity index unit score of the headgear.

(b) The State Department of Education shall post, within available appropriations, the information contained in each report made by a manufacturer pursuant to subsection (a) of this section on its Internet web site.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

New section

PH

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

There is no cost to the State Department of Education to post information received from various manufacturers of protective headgear on its website, as the department has the resources and expertise necessary to do so.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5291

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO INFORMATION REGARDING THE SAFETY OF SPORTS HELMETS.

SUMMARY

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) develops performance standards for sports helmets and other protective equipment. This bill allows manufacturers that sell protective headgear that meets such standards to report that fact to the State Department of Education (SDE). Specifically, they may report (1) that the headgear is certified as meeting the NOCSAE general or sports specific performance standards and (2) the severity index unit score of the headgear.

Under the bill, if manufacturers report such information to SDE, the department must post the information on its website, within available appropriations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

24

Nay

1

(03/23/2018)

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