State Delegate, Terri Hill (Dem.), is finalizing a bill that would prohibit the Maryland State Board of Education from approving tackle football programs in the state of Maryland for children under the age of 14. The bill would also include provisions for heading in soccer and checking lacrosse.
Children 14 and up will be required to take a course explaining the risks associated with concussions and brain injury prior to participating in tackle football programs.
The bill is expected to be finalized by Friday in order to be assured a House hearing. Similar measures were introduced in Illinois and New York in recent weeks.