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Georgia Gov. To Sign Youth Athlete Concussion Bill

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Republican governors scored easy political points by rejecting President Barack Obama's plan to enroll more poor people in government health insurance. . (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Republican governors scored easy political points by rejecting President Barack Obama’s plan to enroll more poor people in government health insurance. . (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to sign a bill requiring young athletes to be pulled from games and medically examined if they’re believed to have suffered a concussion.

Deal is slated to sign the bill Tuesday morning at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

The legislation would require primary and secondary schools to create a policy intended to minimize serious injuries from concussions, including distributing to parents an information sheet describing the risks of concussions and head injuries.

Most states have adopted rules similar to Washington state, which set a national standard in 2009 with a law named for a 16-year-old who suffered a life-threatening brain injury after returning to play football after a concussion.

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