- The Washington Times - Friday, March 1, 2019

A bipartisan group of legislators in The Bay State are pushing for legislation that would ban organized tackle football for kids until after seventh grade.

Republicans and Democrats have moved a “No Hits” bill, H.2007, to the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health. The law, if passed, would impose financial penalties for school leagues and other groups that fail to comply.

Civil penalties would be “not more than two thousand dollars for every such violation,” the bill reads.

“There is significant science detailing repetitive head impacts have long-term neurological consequences, especially when they occur during brain development,” one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Paul A. Schmid III of Massachusetts, a Democrat, said in a statement, The New York Times reported Friday.

Rep. Bradley H. Jones, a Republican who is a sponsor of the Massachusetts bill, said his work, at a minimum, will bring attention to the issue of traumatic brain injuries.

“Some football programs have already made changes indicating that there is at least some recognition of this problem,” Mr. Jones said, the newspaper reported. “If this bill does nothing else, I am hopeful that it starts a dialogue that will lead to the implementation of best practices and standards across the board to protect kids from long-term brain injuries.”

Rep. David Nangle, an opponent of the “No Hits” bill,  asked where legislators would draw the line.

“Should we ban youth soccer too? Or youth hockey?” the Democrat asked. “When do we stop legislating into areas that we shouldn’t be?”

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