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Introduced Version House Bill 2071 History

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H. B. 2071

 

         (By Delegate Caputo (By Request))

         [Introduced January 11, 2012

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; referred to the

         Committee on Education then Finance.]

 

 

 

 

A BILL to amend and reenact §18-2-25 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the West Virginia secondary school activities commission; and requiring rules to provide for use of neck braces by football players.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That §18-2-25 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

ARTICLE 2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

§18-2-25. Authority of county boards to regulate athletic and other extracurricular activities of secondary schools; delegation of authority to West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission; authority of commission; approval of rules by state board; incorporation; funds; participation by private and parochial schools.

    The county boards of education are hereby granted and shall exercise the control, supervision and regulation of all interscholastic athletic events, and other extracurricular activities of the students in public secondary schools, and of said the schools of their respective counties. The county board of education may delegate such control, supervision and regulation of interscholastic athletic events and band activities to the "West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission," which is hereby established.

    The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission shall be composed of the principals, or their representatives, of those secondary schools whose county boards of education have certified in writing to the State Superintendent of Schools that they have elected to delegate the control, supervision and regulation of their interscholastic athletic events and band activities of the students in the public secondary schools in their respective counties to said commission. The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Comission,is hereby empowered to exercise the control, supervision and regulation of interscholastic athletic events and band activities of secondary schools, delegated to it pursuant to this section. The rules and regulations of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission shall contain a provision for a proper review procedure and review board and be promulgated in accordance with the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, but shall, in all instances be subject to the prior approval of the state board. The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, may, with the consent of the State Board of Education, incorporate under the name of "West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, Inc.,” as a nonprofit, nonstock corporation under the provisions of chapter thirty-one of this code. The commission shall provide in any rule pertaining to interscholastic athletic football events that all players are required to wear neck braces, in addition to the head gear and other protective equipment ordinarily worn in those events. County boards of education are hereby authorized to expend moneys for and pay dues to the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, and all moneys paid to such the commission, as well as moneys derived from any contest or other event sponsored by said commission, shall be quasi-public funds as the same are defined in article five, chapter eighteen, and such the funds of the commission shall be subject to an annual audit by the State Tax Commissioner.

    The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission shall promulgate reasonable rules and regulations providing for the control, supervision and regulation of the interscholastic athletic events and other extracurricular activities of such the private and parochial secondary schools as elect to delegate to such the commission such control, supervision and regulation, upon the same terms and conditions, subject to the same regulations and requirements and upon the payment of the same fees and charges as those provided for public secondary schools. Any such private or parochial secondary school shall receive any monetary or other benefits in the same manner and in the same proportion as any public secondary school.

 

 

    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to adopt rules to provide for use of neck braces by football players in interscholastic athletic football events.

 

    Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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