I wrote and article a little over a month ago “Delegate Hill is set to propose a bill banning tackle football for children under the age of 14” and have been waiting to see what happens with this bill…now we know…the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee killed it on March 2nd.
Here is information from a recent Baltimore Sun Article:
(quoted text removed at the request of the Baltimore Sun)
You can read the full article here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-tackle-football-bill-20180305-story.html#getslug
Here are the details on the final vote:
Looking at it from the Howard County view point: Delegate Turner voted “Yea” on the Unfavorable report and Delegate Ebersole was absent for this vote. I really would have liked to have know how Delegate Ebersole would have voted had he been in attendance (and if he skipped this vote so as to not vote against a bill from a fellow District 12 member).
While I was very much against this bill…I do support the other bill proposed by Delegate Hill (HB0552 – Youth Sports Programs – Concussion Risk and Management Training – Requirements). The synopsis includes:
Requiring the State Department of Education to educate, instead of provide awareness to, coaches, school personnel, students, and the parents or guardians of students on certain matters relating to concussions and head injuries; requiring an individual who has completed concussion risk and management training or is a licensed health care provider to be responsible for on-site management of all concussion and head injuries during each practice and game, including certain decisions; etc.
I get this bill and it would make the sport safer while not taking away the ability to participate in the sport. I will monitor the progress of this bill and see how it plays out this session.
Have a great day.