Introduced by Rep. Jay Rodne (North Bend) (R) on January 30, 2009, directs school districts to work with the Washington interscholastic activities association to develop guidelines and forms to inform and educate coaches, youth athletes, and their parents and/or guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury. (See also Companion SB 5763). Full Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on January 30, 2009.
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 17, 2009.
Amendment offered by Rep. David Quall, (D-Mt. Vernon) (D) on March 4, 2009, makes a technical correction to language in the bill with no substantive changes.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 4, 2009.
Referred to the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on March 5, 2009.
Amendment offered in the Senate on March 20, 2009, to clarify that in order for a school district to maintain immunity for acts of a private nonprofit youth program, the school district must require a statement of compliance from the program in regards to policies for managing concussions and head injuries.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 20, 2009.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 20, 2009.
Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on May 14, 2009, requires the development and dissemination of information and forms regarding the nature and risk of concussion and head injury, including risk associated with continuing to play. Directs school districts to require a statement of compliance from anyone using school facilities for sports programs. Requires youth athletes and parents to sign concussion and head injury information forms on an annual basis and removal from practice or play of any youth suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury; and, (3) a written clearance from a licensed health care provider before the youth may return to play.