The Indiana House passed a bill today requiring concussion-awareness training for youth and high school football coaches and a 24-hour waiting period for players who suffer concussions.
If the bill becomes law, Indiana would become the first state in the nation to require such training.
The House passed the measure 95-3. It's one of dozens the House is considering amid today's deadline for approving Senate bills.
The bill's senate author, Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said today he needs to send the bill to a conference committee, where the two chambers will work out differences between their two versions of the proposal.
He said he only needs to make a small, technical change. He expects it will be quickly accepted and then the bill will go back to each chamber for a final vote before heading to the governor.
"Concussions are such an insidious injury that the symptoms may not show up for years later," he said. "With football being the most complex sport to coach and play, we need to require coaches to be properly trained in not only identifying concussions but also heat stroke and the fundamentals of football."
He said it's important to get coaches trained beginning with those who are involved with the youngest players.
The House delayed acting on several high-profile bills earlier in the day, including one that would allow counties to finance a mass transit system in Central Indiana and another that would allow guns in vehicles in school parking lots.
The House is expected to pick up those items this evening.
The Senate is also considering a large number of bills amid a deadline today to make any changes to House bills. The flurry of activity comes as the legislature prepares to end this year's session by March 14.
Barb Berggoetz and Tony Cook also write for the Indianapolis Star.