Appropriations Committee to vote on concussion bill

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Today lawmakers in Connecticut will take on your child’s health and safety. The Appropriations Committee is set to vote on a concussion bill.

Concussions are a hot button issue around the country and the CDC estimates more than 3.5 million athletes end up with a concussion every year

House bill 67-22 would require coaches to make information available regarding concussions. That information would have to be given to players, their parents and guardians. The goal is to reduce the number of concussions here in the state.

The Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the bill later today. Connecticut has some of the strictest laws when it comes to concussions and young athletes.

One athlete who knows about it all too well — Casey Cochran. He was a starting quarter back for the UConn football team before he announced last year that he was ending his career because of multiple concussions. Since then he has been outspoken about head injuries and the effects they can have, especially on a young athlete.

Cochran, along with lawmakers and members of the “Connecticut Commission on Children” and the “Parents Concussion Coalition of Westport” will hold a press conference this morning on the matter in Hartford to show their support for bill 67-22.

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