HB 887

83(R) - 2013

Vote Recommendation

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Eddie Lucio III

Bill Caption

Relating to the number of full-contact practices that may be held by a high school or middle school football team that participates in activities sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 887 would prohibit public school middle and high school football players from full-contact drills during football practices that last longer than one hour per week.

Analysis: HB 887 would expand government's scope by providing the state with the authority to determine how long a school can allow a University Interscholastic League sporting event to permit their team to practice. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the parents to evaluate and determine risks associated with extracurricular activities. This legislation would hinder players who are not experiencing concussions from practicing based on an arbitrary practice length that may or may not result in a greater possibility of a player experiencing a concussion. Based on an overreach of government, lack in data, and taking the place of parental responsibility, we oppose HB 887.