SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah lawmakers have advanced a proposal to require high school athletes and anyone under 18 who suffers a concussion to get medical clearance in order to continue playing.
The House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved HB 204 on Wednesday.
Bill sponsor Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, says the bill would also require amateur adult sports organizations to create concussion policies.
The bill is modeled after a Washington state law that was passed in 2009, known as Lystedt's Law. Zackery Lystedt, a Washington middle school football player, suffered brain damage in 2006 after he had a concussion and returned to the game.
Opponents say the Washington law has prompted some students and parents to seek clearances to play in advance from physicians.