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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
          AB 588 (Fox)
          As Amended  September 3, 2013
          Majority vote
           
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          |ASSEMBLY:  |70-0 |(May 16, 2013)  |SENATE: |39-0 |(September 9,  |
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           Original Committee Reference:    ED.  

           SUMMARY  :   Applies existing law relating to students who  
          sustain, or are suspecting of sustaining, a concussion during a  
          school-sponsored athletic activity to charter schools and  
          private schools.  Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Makes applicable to private schools existing law that requires  
            a school district that chooses to offer an athletic program to  
            immediately remove an athlete who is suspected of sustaining a  
            concussion or head injury from the activity for the remainder  
            of the day and prohibits the athlete from returning to the  
            activity until he or she is cleared by a licensed heath care  
            provider.

          2)Makes applicable to private schools existing law that requires  
            a school district that chooses to offer an athletic program to  
            require each athlete and each athlete's parent/guardian to  
            sign and return a concussion and head injury information sheet  
            prior to the athlete participating in practice or competition.

           The Senate amendments  :  
           
          1)Remove the requirement that the information sheet distributed  
            pursuant to this measure, include, at a minimum, information  
            regarding concussions and their symptoms. 

          2)Remove the language that specified that the information  
            included on the information sheet distributed pursuant to this  
            measure could also be available in a digital format,  
            including, but not limited to, e-mail or an Internet Web site.  


          3)Specify that the activities to which this measure is referring  
            are limited only to athletic activities.








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           FISCAL EFFECT  :   This bill is keyed non-fiscal by the  
          Legislative Counsel; however, according to the Senate  
          Appropriations Committee this bill has the following potential  
          costs:  
          
          1)Head injury requirements:  Potentially significant workload  
            for charter schools and private schools.  

          2)Medi-Cal:  Potentially significant ongoing state costs, to the  
            extent that affected students are enrolled in Medi-Cal.

           COMMENTS  :  Concussions have serious immediate and long-term  
          effects.  A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the  
          head or body or from hitting a hard surface, and in only 10% of  
          cases is it evident from loss of consciousness.  

          Under existing law, the California Interscholastic Federation  
          (CIF) is a voluntary organization consisting of school and  
          school-related personnel with responsibility for administering  
          interscholastic athletic activities in secondary schools.  CIF  
          policy ensures student-athletes do not return to practice or  
          competition until evaluated by a healthcare professional;  
          however this only covers about one million students between the  
          ages of 14-18.  Existing law already widened the students to  
          whom this policy applies by including the three million students  
          between the ages of 6-14 playing non-CIF youth sports in public  
          schools.  This bill extends this policy to those students ages  
          6-18 participating in non-CIF athletic programs in charter  
          schools and private schools.

          This bill also ensures that all K-12 athletes, whether attending  
          a private or public school, and their parents are aware of the  
          signs and symptoms of a concussion in order to prevent further  
          injury.  This increased understanding provides youth  
          participating in athletics with safeguards against long-term  
          injuries that result from concussion and head injury, helps  
          parents advocate for their children when these health issues  
          arise, and assists parents in managing head injury outside of  
          school.  


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Jill Rice / ED. / (916) 319-2087 










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