(as introduced)

3rd Session, 61st General Assembly
Nova Scotia
60 Elizabeth II, 2011

Private Member's Bill

Concussion Awareness Act

Chuck Porter
Hants West

First Reading: May 9, 2011

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

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An Act to Promote Education
Respecting Concussion in Sports

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Concussion Awareness Act.

2 In this Act,
(a) "school-age" means under the age of nineteen years; (b) "sport" means baseball, basketball, cheer leading, diving, field hockey, football, indoor track (pole vault), lacrosse, outdoor track (pole vault), soccer, softball and volleyball.

3 This Act applies to all school-age participants on organized team sports and to all participants in minor sports.

4 (1) Subject to Section 6, the Minister of Health and Wellness shall develop and make available annually to organized athletic teams in the Province with school-age children and to all minor sports organizations in the Province education on the impact of a concussion and respecting procedures designed to protect players after sustaining a head injury.

(2) The education must stress the seriousness of the long-term effects caused by a sports-related concussion.

(3) The education may consist of a classroom session, a video or printed material.

5 (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations
(a) defining any word or expression used but not defined in this Act;

(b) respecting any matter or thing the Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable to carry out effectively the intent and purpose of this Act.

(2) The exercise by the Governor in Council of the authority contained in subsection (1) is regulations within the meaning of the Regulations Act.

6 The moneys required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of moneys appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.

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