Back in February A4IA posted a summary of the latest progress on AT licensure in California.  At that time, titled, AB 1510, was stalled in committee when the bill needed a new sponsor. The bill found a sponsor and was renamed AB 3110 and is now making it's way through the legislative process.  This bill along with two others are making progress the California through legislature.  Thanks to Christina Scherr, MEd, ATC, CATA Region 6 Diector and the following members of CATA for providing a legislative update.

Jamie Adams, MEd, ATC, NASM-CES
Cuyamaca College
Head Athletic Trainer
CATA Public Relations Committee Chair

Michael Chisar, MS, ATC
Diablo Valley College
Director of Sports Medicine Program
CATA Governmental Affairs

2018 is an exciting year for proponents of athletic safety in California, as no fewer then 3 bills that would protect high school athletes were introduced and are progressing through the legislature.

AB 2800 which would mandate that high school coaches undergo education in recognizing signs and symptoms and appropriate response to heat illness, was signed by the governor on June 1, 2018.

AB 2009 would mandate that all high schools that offer interscholastic sports have AEDs and emergency action plans. This bill was on consent, meaning it is noncontroversial and has unanimous support, all through the Assembly and the Senate Business and Professions Committee and is recommended for consent in the final committee - Senate Appropriations.  The bill is expected to be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-August following the summer recess.

AB 3110, which would finally regulate the athletic training profession like every other state in the nation and ensure that anyone calling themselves an athletic trainer is qualified to do so. The bill has passed through the Assembly and the Senate Business and Professions Committee. There has been broad bipartisan support for the bill although there has been significant opposition from a number of organizations. AB 3110 will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-August after the summer recess is over. 

Advocates for Injured Athletes (A4IA) is proud to be supporting AB 3110. To help pass the bill, you can go to the CATA website to send an email to your legislator supporting these bills.

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