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Concussion Legislation by State

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As of May 2013, 48 states (plus the District of Columbia and the city of Chicago) have adopted youth concussion laws. The NFL supports and recognizes the laws as they represent the main principles of the Lystedt Law model legislation including:

  • Inform and educate youth athletes, their parents and guardians and require them to sign a concussion information form;
  • Removal of a youth athlete who appears to have suffered a concussion from play or practice at the time of the suspected concussion; and
  • Requiring a youth athlete to be cleared by a licensed health care professional trained the evaluation and management of concussions before returning to play or practice.

Legislative updates on all 50 states are as follows:

* Alabama

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Robert Bentley signed youth concussion bill into law on June 9, 2011.

* Alaska

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Sean Parnell signed youth concussion bill into law on May 27, 2011.

* Arizona

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Jan Brewer signed youth concussion bill into law on April 18, 2011.

* Arkansas

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Mike Beebe signed youth concussion bill into law on April 12, 2013.

* California

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Jerry Brown signed youth concussion bill into law on Oct. 4, 2011.

* Colorado

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor John Hickenlooper signed youth concussion bill into law on March 29, 2011.

* Connecticut

Legislation passed; Governor Jodi Rell signed youth concussion bill into law on May 19, 2010.

* District of Columbia

Legislation passed with NFL support; Mayor Vincent Gray signed youth concussion bill into law on July 27, 2011.

* Delaware

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Jack Markell signed youth concussion bill into law on August 31, 2011.

* Florida

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Rick Scott signed youth concussion bill into law on April 27, 2012.

* Georgia

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Nathan Deal signed youth concussion bill into law on April 23, 2013.

* Hawaii

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Neil Abercrombie signed youth concussion bill into law on July 3, 2012.

* Idaho

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Butch Otter signed youth concussion bill into law on April 3, 2012.

* Illinois

Legislation passed with support from the Chicago Bears; Governor Pat Quinn signed youth concussion bill into law on July 28, 2011.

* Indiana

Legislation passed with NFL support; Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed youth concussion bill into law on May 10, 2011.

* Iowa

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Terry Branstad signed youth concussion bill into law on April 7, 2011.

* Kansas

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Sam Brownback signed youth concussion bill into law on May 25, 2011.

* Kentucky

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Steve Beshear signed youth concussion bill into law on April 12, 2012.

* Louisiana

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Bobby Jindal signed youth concussion bill into law on June 29, 2011.

* Maine

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Paul LePage signed youth concussion bill into law on May 21, 2012.

* Maryland

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Martin O’Malley signed youth concussion bill into law on May 19, 2011.

* Massachusetts

Legislation passed; Governor Deval Patrick signed youth concussion bill into law on July 8, 2010.

* Michigan

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Rick Snyder signed youth concussion bill into law on Oct. 23, 2012.

* Minnesota

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Mark Dayton signed youth concussion bill into law on May 27, 2011.

* Mississippi

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Phil Bryant signed youth concussion bill into law on January 30, 2014. (http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2014/pdf/history/HB/HB0048.xml)

* Missouri

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Jay Nixon signed youth concussion bill into law on July 8, 2011.

* Montana

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Steve Bullock signed youth concussion bill into law on April 22, 2013.

* Nebraska

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Dave Heineman signed youth concussion bill into law on April 14, 2011.

* Nevada

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Brian Sandoval signed youth concussion bill into law on May 31, 2011.

* New Hampshire

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor John Lynch signed youth concussion bill into law on June 18, 2012.

* New Jersey

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Chris Christie signed youth concussion bill into law on Dec. 7, 2010.

* New Mexico

Legislation passed; Governor Bill Richardson signed youth concussion bill into law on March 9, 2010.

* New York

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Andrew Cuomo signed youth concussion bill into law on Sept. 17, 2011.

* North Carolina

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Bev Perdue signed youth concussion bill into law on June 16, 2011.

* North Dakota

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Jack Dalyrymple signed youth concussion bill into law on April 22, 2011.

* Ohio

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor John Kasich signed youth concussion bill into law on Dec. 20, 2012.

* Oklahoma

Legislation passed; Governor Brad Henry signed youth concussion bill into law on May 13, 2010.

* Oregon

Legislation passed; Governor Ted Kulongowski signed youth concussion bill into law on June 18, 2009.

* Pennsylvania

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Tom Corbett signed youth concussion bill into law on Nov. 10, 2011.

* Rhode Island

Legislation passed; Governor Donald Carcieri signed youth concussion bill into law on June 9, 2010.

* South Carolina

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Nikki Haley signed youth concussion bill into law on June 7, 2013.

* South Dakota

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Dennis Daugaard signed youth concussion bill into law on March 17, 2011.

* Tennessee

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Bill Haslam signed youth concussion bill into law on April 12, 2013.

* Texas

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Rick Perry signed youth concussion bill into law on June 17, 2011.

* Utah

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Gary Herbert signed youth concussion bill into law on March 21, 2011.

* Vermont

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Pete Shumlin signed youth concussion bill into law on June 4, 2013.

* Virginia

Legislation passed; Governor Bob McDonnell signed youth concussion bill into law on April 11, 2010.

* Washington

Legislation passed with Seattle Seahawks’ support; Governor Christine Gregoire signed the Zackery Lystedt youth concussion bill into law on May 9, 2009.

* West Virginia

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed youth concussion bill into law on May 29, 2013.

* Wisconsin

Legislation passed with NFL support; Governor Scott Walker signed youth concussion bill into law on April 2, 2012.

* Wyoming

Legislation passed; Governor Matt Mead signed youth concussion bill into law on March 10, 2011. Law differs from Lystedt Law.

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