Student concussion legislation passes Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would require students who suffer a concussion to obtain medical clearance to return to sports or class has been passed by the Illinois Senate.

Under the proposal, a concussion oversight team would also be created at all Illinois schools, in order to decide local concussion policy.  The Illinois High School Association is also supporting this legislation.

Several lawmakers have voiced opinions on this measure, as State Senator Dale Righter says it would be better to have a statewide mandate put into place.  State Senator Kwame Raoul also says that concussions can be made worse through over-exercise.

The measure passed the Senate on Thursday, and will now move to the Illinois House for consideration.

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