By a 53-40 count, the Virginia House of Delegates decided not to send a Concussion bill to its Courts of Justice Committee, ostensibly because critics believed the bill could subject volunteer coaches to liability for players’ concussions.
The bill was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Ralph Northam, a Norfolk pediatric neurologist, in an effort to address what he said is a growing problem with concussions in youth sports. It also had the support of Democratic Del. Jennifer McClellan of Richmond. But. Republican Del. Greg Habeeb of Salem said the liability issue needed to be addressed by lawyers on the Courts of Justice Committee first.