The state Senate on Thursday passed Assembly Bill 2127 by Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, which seeks to reduce brain injuries by putting new limits on full-contact football practice.
"There have recently been many scientific studies that contend that concussions and brain injuries due to football likely contribute to long term brain damage and early onset of dementia," Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, said in presenting the bill on the Senate floor.
Several states have already taken similar steps, Hernandez said, including 19 states that have banned full-contact practice in the off-season.
Though the measure drew no formal opposition, it squeaked out of the Assembly last month with just one more vote than necessary to pass. The measure passed the Senate Thursday on a vote of 23-5 but generated no debate.
PHOTO: Del Oro High School's Trey Udoffia is taken down by a Bakersfield High School defender during their Div. I state football championship game on Dec. 20, 2013 in Carson, Cailf. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua