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2012 House Bill 5697: Establish athlete concussion “time out” criteria:

Public Act 343 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Thomas Hooker (R) on May 29, 2012, to require the Department of Community Health to develop educational materials educating athletes about the nature and risk of concussions, and establish criteria and mandated procedures for removing an athlete from participation due to a suspected concussion.
    • Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on May 29, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on September 13, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on September 19, 2012, to merge the bill's provisions with those of Senate Bill 1122. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 19, 2012.
  2. Passed 104 to 1 in the House on September 19, 2012, to require coaches or other adults in charge to remove a student or young athlete from participation in a sports activity due to a suspected concussion until clearance is received from an "appropriate health professional." The bill would also require schools and youth sports associations to distribute specified educational materials about the nature and risk of concussion and head injury to coaches, young athletes and parents, and require parents and athletes to sign a statement indicating they have received and read them. The bill would not apply to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), which has separate concussion guidelines.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on September 20, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate on September 20, 2012.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on September 25, 2012, to adopt a version that makes the Michigan High School Athletic Association exemption more explicit. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 25, 2012.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on September 25, 2012, to require coaches or other adults in charge to remove a student or young athlete from participation in a sports activity due to a suspected concussion until clearance is received from an "appropriate health professional." The bill would also require schools and youth sports associations to distribute specified educational materials about the nature and risk of concussion and head injury to coaches, young athletes and parents, and require parents and athletes to sign a statement indicating they have received and read them. The bill would not apply to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), which has separate concussion guidelines.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on September 25, 2012.
  6. Passed 106 to 1 in the House on September 27, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 23, 2012.

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