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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 129 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 129

(By Delegates M. Poling, Paxton, Barill, D. Campbell,

Caputo, Crosier, Lawrence, Marcum, Moye, Perry,

Pethtel, Shaver, Smith, Duke, Sumner, Armstead,

Ellington, Gearheart, Rowan and Sigler)

 

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

(March 8, 2011)

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study interscholastic student athlete safety issues relating to the development of emergency action plans that would enhance the protection of student athlete’s health and safety in girls and boys interscholastic athletic practices and games in the state of West Virginia.

    Whereas, It is of the utmost importance that the West Virginia Department of Education protect the health and safety of their student athletes during all practices and games; and

    Whereas, Without attention to this protection, students are more likely to face unnecessary injuries and tragic deaths; and

    Whereas, The need for such attention has been made abundantly clear through the collection of information detailing the exposure student athletes face in the participation of interscholastic athletic events; and

 

    Whereas, Injuries such as concussion, heat illness, and cardiac arrest present a significant threat to the lifetime health and wellness of student athletes; and

    Whereas, In order to provide protection to student athletes, schools are encouraged to have professionals such as athletic trainers at competitive athletic practices and games; and

    Whereas, The states of Arkansas, North Carolina and Texas have passed legislation requiring that school districts develop and implement emergency plans to ensure that the best care is provided to student athletes throughout the state; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study interscholastic student athlete safety issues relating to the development of emergency action plans that would enhance the protection of student athlete’s health and safety in girls and boys interscholastic athletic practices and games in the state of West Virginia; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate any recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, prepare a report and draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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