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Senate looks at concussion liability bill for school sports

By The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th, 2015 @ 2:10pm


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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Senate is considering a bill that would afford greater legal protections to school districts and staff against liability for failing to implement concussion-related sports protocols.

Senate File 98 is sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Landen, of Casper.

It defines concussions and head injuries resulting from school sports and cheerleading participation as "an inherent risk."

As such, it says that no governmental entity or public employee acting on such an entity's behalf to organize and administer school athletics would be held liable for any "claimed failure" to implement, or inadequacy of, concussion-related protocols.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that senators gave their initial approval on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It must pass one more Senate vote before moving to the House of Representatives.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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