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Limited hitting bill voted down by state committee for second straight day

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 3:09 p.m. CDT
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Crystal Lake South noseguard Nick Amren (right) tries to get by offensive lineman Vinny Atella during a football practice in August. The state's Elementary and Secondary Education committee voted Rep. Carol Sente's House Bill 1205 down, 8-5, Thursday morning in Springfield.

For the second straight day, a state education committee voted down a bill seeking to limit full-contact football drills.

The state's Elementary and Secondary Education committee voted Rep. Carol Sente's House Bill 1205 down, 8-5, Thursday morning in Springfield. The same measure was voted down 6-5 on Wednesday.

The bill sought to limit full-contact drills to two days a week and prohibit the practice all together during the offseason and summer. Under the bill, coaches would also be required to complete an online concussion training program.

Illinois High School Association Executive Director Marty Hickman was among those to speak at Thursday's hearing. While he applauds Sente's efforts to keep the head injury issue at the forefront of discussions, Hickman said he was glad to see lawmakers electing not to get involved in a legislative fashion.

"IHSA plays an important role in these kind of situations and I think (lawmakers) understood that we have a plan to address (Sente's) concerns. Her concerns are real, we understand that and that we are the entity really that should have the ability to work through those kinds of issues.

"I think it was pretty clear they believe we didn't need legislation in this area."

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