Legislature Passes Flores’ Bill to Protect Students from Head Injuries


CONTACT: Maria Chamorro , (850) 487-5130

Senate Bill 256 Aims to Prevent Youth Sports Concussions

The Florida Legislature currently unanimously upheld a check that will assistance forestall conduct injuries among tyro athletes in Florida. Sponsored by Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami, a check upheld unanimously from a Senate and will now be sent to Governor Rick Scott for a event to be sealed into law. Educating girl athletes, coaches and relatives about a warning signs for concussions, Senate Bill 256 aims to strengthen harmed athletes from stealing behind into a diversion too soon.

“I listened privately from endangered voters about a miss of recognition per conduct injuries and a correct precautions,” pronounced Flores. “All too often, athletes get behind in a diversion though entirely deliberation their injuries and a intensity for long-term cognitive deficits. we am really unapproachable of a strides that were done currently to assistance strengthen Florida’s tyro athletes and am grateful for a extended support from both sides of a aisle.”

Traumatic mind injuries start when a actor receives a vital blow to a conduct that causes a mind to impact conflicting a skull, ensuing in soothing hankie damage and dungeon death. Often, there is a second damage as a mind rebounds conflicting a conflicting side of a skull. These injuries can start in a accumulation of sports’ games, tryouts and practices, including football, volleyball, baseball, lacrosse and cheerleading. According to a Center for Injury Research and Policy, of a approximately 140,000 high propagandize athletes who humour concussions any year in a United States, some-more than 40 percent lapse to play before scrupulously recovering. Such conduct injuries can have surpassing effects on children with building brains. In impassioned cases, injuries can even lead to death.

Currently, during slightest 30 other states have adopted legislation identical to Flores’ bill, that is upheld by a National Football League and a National Collegiate Athletic Association. SB 256 will teach parents, tyro athletes and coaches on a risk and marker of mind injuries. It also authorizes a Florida High School Athletic Association and coaches’ associations to emanate manners for stealing tyro athletes when mind injuries occur, and it establishes a routine to lapse players behind to play after their liberation with a authorisation of a doctor.

Seventeen-year-old Miami-Dade County proprietor David Goldstein and his parents, Adam and Cheryl Goldstein, were among a advocates who came to Tallahassee this event to disciple in support of a bill. David suffered a critical conduct damage in 2010 when he collided with another soccer actor during a district finals for his propagandize team. He knew immediately that something was not right, though he stayed in a game. In a days that followed, David exhibited flu-like symptoms followed by weeks though improvement. The Goldstein family went by months of medical consultations before identifying a correct treatment. Today, David is correct to a intensity risks, wears protecting headgear and knows how to brand a warning signs of dire mind injuries. He has also turn an disciple for contestant preparation and concussion contrast during internal open schools in his area.

“David’s instance resonates since this frightful conditions could occur to any actor and any primogenitor of a tyro athlete,” combined Flores. “Without being prepared about a intensity risks, relatives are simply unknowingly of a symptoms their child competence be experiencing. SB 256 will assistance people consider these situations and yield a correct care.”

To lane a swell of this and other bills relocating by a legislative process, revisit www.flsenate.gov.

2012 Legislative Session Successfully Concludes


March 9, 2012

CONTACT: Lyndsey Cruley, (850) 487-5632

2012 Legislative Session Successfully Concludes

Florida Legislature Ushers in Measures to Better a State of Florida

The 2012 Legislative Session resolved on Friday with a Florida Legislature flitting a balanced, no new taxes check that encourages mercantile growth and pursuit origination and includes $1 billion in new appropriation for K – 12 education.  In further to flitting a fiscally obliged budget, a Florida Legislature ushered in a accumulation of legislation that aims to make Florida a optimal state to live and work. 

“Today, we resolved a work of a Florida Legislature, and while we continue to onslaught underneath perplexing mercantile times, we successfully upheld a offset check but lifting a singular taxation or price on Florida’s overworked families,” pronounced Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R-Merritt Island). “I’m unapproachable of a work we finished in a past 60 days, and we am assured that by ushering in a accumulation of good legislation, we have done Florida some-more appealing to business owners and entrepreneurs and softened a state for all Floridians.”

Despite an persisting mercantile downturn and a $1.4 billion check shortfall, a legislature authorized a $70 billion state check that includes no new taxes.  The check provides appropriation for a vicious needs of Florida while also dedicating some-more than $1 billion in new appropriation for K – 12 preparation and encourages mercantile growth and pursuit origination by providing predictability and fortitude to a state’s business owners and entrepreneurs. 

The Florida Legislature also supposing $120 million in taxation service for Floridians.  Included in a legislature’s taxation cut check is a enlargement of a successful New Markets program, a back-to-school taxation holiday, an additional $14.9 million for a State Economic Enhancement and Development Trust Fund to be used by a Department of Economic Opportunity for mercantile growth programs, and several other measures to revoke a altogether taxation weight on all Floridians.

In further to taxation relief, a legislature reduced a series of executive manners in a State of Florida, dramatically shortening official red tape.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Jim Norman (R-Tampa), eliminates 270 archaic group rules.

This session, a legislature also done unconditional changes to a state’s personal damage word (PIP) medical advantages underneath a No-Fault law and laws associated to engine car word fraud.  Currently, PIP is wrought with rascal and abuse, and this legislation, sponsored by Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart), reforms PIP from start to finish and will finish a cycle of rising automobile word premiums.

The legislature also enacted an omnibus troops affairs check – one of a many profitable bills for troops servicemen and veterans to be adopted by a legislature in Florida’s history.  This troops affairs check establishes priority march registration for veterans, pre-trial involvement and special courts for veterans, special welfare for wartime maestro tiny business owners, special permit plates for veterans who are recipients of a top troops decorations to embody a Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, and a Combat Infantry Badge, special permit plates for veterans who served in a Vietnam War and a Korean Conflict, and highway designations that will offer to commemorate and respect a bold sacrifices of associate Floridians who chose to offer a country.     

Finally, a Florida Legislature easy probity to dual Floridians by a explain check routine this session.  Eric Brody, who suffered inauspicious injuries after being struck by a military cruiser 13 years ago, was given $10.75 million.  And William Dillon, who was wrongfully jailed for 27 years of his life, was also given probity and compensated this session.  

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