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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II / Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Legislation that would require schools and other organizations conducting youth athletic programs in Tennessee to adopt concussion policies is headed to the floor of the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville was approved 8-0 in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday and now goes to the full Senate.

The measure is similar to laws passed in 42 other states and the District of Columbia that include provisions requiring students to be removed from sporting events and evaluated if they show signs of having a concussion.

NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch, who oversees law and labor policy for the league, testified before the committee. He said the league supports such legislation and hopes all states will eventually adopt similar measures. 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee lawmakers are hoping to increase safety in sports with legislation that would require schools and other organizations conducting youth athletic programs to adopt concussion policies.

The measure is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. A similar proposal failed last year.

Rep. Cameron Sexton is the sponsor of the House version of the bill.

He didn't specify issues with the measure that have been worked out, but he said all parties involved seem to be pleased with the current version, which also appears to have bipartisan support.

A NFL official is expected to testify before the committee.

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