Stratton, Feigenholtz, Mah help House committee pass bill banning kids under 12 from playing on tackle football teams
Reps. Juliana Stratton, Sara Feigenholtz and Theresa Mah – all Democrats from Chicago – voted in favor of a bill banning youth younger than 12 from playing tackle football on an organized team.
The bill passed the House Mental Health Committee on March 1 with 11 "yes" votes, nine "no" votes and one not voting.
House Bill 4341, which would create the CTE Prevention Act, says youth under age 12 can participate in all organized sports, except tackle football. CTE – or chronic traumatic encephalopathy – is a disease linked to repetitive brain trauma, particularly in athletes.
How the committee voted
|Deb Conroy||Democrat||Villa Park||Yes|
|Sara Jimenez||Republican||Leland Grove||No|
|Patricia Bellock||Republican||Hinsdale||Not voting|
|Fred Crespo||Democrat||Hoffman Estates||No|
|Carol Sente||Democrat||Vernon Hills||Yes|
|Michael Unes||Republican||East Peoria||No|