Bill Text: TX HB204 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to cardiac assessments of high school participants in extracurricular athletic activities sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-08-06 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB204 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB204-Comm_Sub.html
  85S10292 SRS-F
 
  By: Huberty, Cain H.B. No. 204
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to cardiac assessments of high school participants in
  extracurricular athletic activities sponsored or sanctioned by the
  University Interscholastic League.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 33, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 33.095 to read as follows:
         Sec. 33.095.  CARDIAC ASSESSMENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL
  PARTICIPANTS IN EXTRACURRICULAR ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES. (a) A school
  district must require a district student who is required under
  University Interscholastic League rule or policy to receive a
  physical examination before being allowed to participate in an
  athletic activity sponsored or sanctioned by the University
  Interscholastic League to also have administered to the student an
  electrocardiogram or echocardiogram before being allowed to
  participate in the activity, including a practice for the activity,
  as follows:
               (1)  one time before the student's first year of
  participation at the ninth grade level or above; and
               (2)  if 11th grade is not the student's first year of
  participation, another time before the student's subsequent year of
  participation at the 11th grade level.
         (b)  This section does not create a cause of action or
  liability against an appropriately licensed or certified health
  care professional, a school district, or a district officer or
  employee for the injury or death of a student participating in or
  practicing for an athletic activity sponsored or sanctioned by the
  University Interscholastic League based on or in connection with
  the administration or evaluation of or reliance on an
  electrocardiogram or on an echocardiogram.
         (c)  To facilitate the administration of electrocardiograms
  or echocardiograms to students, a school district may:
               (1)  at the district's expense, partner with a
  nonprofit entity to provide electrocardiograms or echocardiograms;
  or
               (2)  elect to pay for the costs of administering
  electrocardiograms or echocardiograms to students.
         (d)  The University Interscholastic League shall adopt rules
  as necessary to administer this section.
         (e)  The rules adopted under Subsection (d) must include:
               (1)  criteria under which a school district may
  demonstrate a hardship that allows the district to delay
  administering required electrocardiograms or echocardiograms to
  students under this section; and
               (2)  procedures that provide for granting a waiver from
  administration of an electrocardiogram or echocardiogram to a
  student if, for any reason, the parent or person standing in
  parental relation to the student submits a written request for the
  waiver.
         SECTION 2.  This Act applies beginning with the 2018-2019
  school year.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect December 1, 2017.
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