Lawmakers call for study of football players' deaths
WASHINGTON — Reps. Ralph Abraham and Cedric Richmond are calling for a federal study into football-related deaths in response to recent fatalities involving high-school players, including one in Louisiana.
Abraham, a Republican, and Richmond, a Democrat, introduced the bipartisan "High School Football Safety Study Act'' Thursday. Rep. Bobby Rush, a Democrat from Illinois, is a co-sponsor. There is no Senate companion bill yet.
The legislation would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, to study the causes of football-related deaths. The study, due a year from the bill’s enactment, would include recommendations for improving safety and preventing deaths.
“This bill will seek the root causes of such incidents so that we can better protect our children while preserving the game we love," said Abraham. “Saving the lives of our children is a worthy cause to pursue."
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