PRINTER'S NO. 70
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY WASHINGTON, FARNESE, STACK, HUGHES, TARTAGLIONE AND LEACH, JANUARY 14, 2013
REFERRED TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, JANUARY 14, 2013
1Amending the act of November 9, 2011 (P.L.411, No.101), entitled
2"An act establishing standards for managing concussions and
3traumatic brain injuries to student athletes; assigning
4duties to the Department of Health and the Department of
5Education; and imposing penalties," further providing for
6concussions and traumatic brain injuries; and providing for
7Department of Health oversight.
13Section 3. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
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15(b) Informational meeting.--A school entity [may] shall hold
16an informational meeting prior to the start of each athletic
17season for all ages of competitors regarding concussions and
18other head injuries, the importance of proper concussion
19management and how preseason baseline assessments can aid in the
20evaluation, management and recovery process. In addition to
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5(e) Training course.--Once each school year, [a coach] all
6participating designated game officials, coaches, athletic
7trainers and referees shall complete the concussion management
8certification training course offered by the Centers for Disease
9Control and Prevention, the National Federation of State High
10School Associations or another provider approved by the
11Department of Health. [A] No game official, coach [shall not
12coach] athletic trainer or referee shall participate in an
13athletic activity until [the coach completes] the training
14course required under this subsection has been completed.
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16Section 2. The act is amended by adding a section to read:
17Section 3.1. Department of Health oversight.
18(a) Enforcement.--The Department of Health shall have the
19power to enforce the provisions of section 3(f) against a
20governing body of a school that does not properly penalize a
21coach found in violation of section 3(c) and (d).
25(1) For a first violation, $5,000.
26(2) For a second violation, $15,000.
30(c) Distribution.--All moneys collected under subsection (b)
1shall be used to increase student athletes' concussion awareness
2and training programs for game officials, coaches, certified
3athletic trainers, licensed physicians, licensed physical
4therapists or other officials relating to student athletics as
5determined by the Department of Health.
6Section 3. This act shall take effect immediately.