Bill Text: NY A02692 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Prohibits children twelve years old and younger from playing tackle football.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 24-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-01-08 - referred to health [A02692 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A02692-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          2692
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 25, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  BENEDETTO  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Health
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to prohibiting  chil-
          dren twelve years old and younger from playing tackle football
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "John Mack-
     2  ey youth football protection act".
     3    § 2. Article 25 of the public health law is amended by  adding  a  new
     4  title 7 to read as follows:
     5                                  TITLE VII
     6                                YOUTH SPORTS
     7  Section 2595. Prohibition of tackle football.
     8    §  2595.  Prohibition of tackle football. 1. No child twelve years old
     9  or younger shall play, practice, or otherwise engage in organized tackle
    10  football; provided however,  that  nothing  within  this  section  shall
    11  prohibit children twelve years old and younger from playing, practicing,
    12  or  otherwise  participating  in  any  form  of  football which does not
    13  involve tackling.
    14    2. Any school, league or other entity whose purpose is to allow  chil-
    15  dren to participate in football, who allows children twelve years old or
    16  younger  to play, practice, or otherwise engage in tackle football shall
    17  be liable for a civil penalty under the provisions of title two of arti-
    18  cle one of this chapter.
    19    3. For the purposes of this section:
    20    (a) "Organized tackle football" shall include any  practice,  game  or
    21  other  activity  which involves engaging in tackle football and which is
    22  organized by a school, or public or private league or other entity whose
    23  purpose is to allow children to participate in contact football.
    24    (b) "Tackle" shall mean to physically impede the forward movement of a
    25  player who is in possession of the ball to the extent that:
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01531-01-9

        A. 2692                             2
     1    (i) the player's forward movement is stopped and the player is  unable
     2  to resume such forward movement; or
     3    (ii) the player is forced to touch some part of his or her body to the
     4  ground other than the player's hands or feet.
     5    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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