NFL commends concussion legislation in California

Bipartisan AB 25 (Hayashi/Strickland) will help protect CA student-athletes from preventable concussions and head injuries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The NFL Thursday commended the California State Assembly Committee on Education for its timely passage Wednesday of Assembly Bill 25, authored by Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) and Senator Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks), bipartisan legislation supported by the NFL, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, youth sports organizations and health professionals to protect California's student-athletes from sports-related head injuries.

The Assembly Education Committee, the first policy committee to hear the bill, passed it on a 9-0 vote.

"We are pleased that Assemblywoman Hayashi, the bill's author, and the Members of the Assembly Education Committee have recognized that steps must be urgently taken to protect children and young student-athletes from preventable concussions and other brain injuries," said Joe Browne, Senior Advisor to the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

In addition to the NFL, AB 25 is supported by the Brain Injury Association of California, the California Athletic Trainers' Association, California Chiropractic Association, California Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), California School Employees Association (CSEA), AFL-CIO, California Teachers Association (CTA), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, American Red Cross, California Chapters, Consumer Attorneys of California, American College of Sports Medicine, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Alameda County Superintendent of Schools.

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