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April 10, 2013

Bills target UIL: Private & home school participation?


HB 1643 would provide private and parochial schools “equal opportunity to become members of the league for the purpose of providing their students with access to league activities other than football or basketball.”

Haterius said there are other bills directed at the UIL, including:

HB 68 – a bill filed by Rep. Eddie Lucio III that would require cognitive testing as a precaution to concussion.

HB 887 – also filed by Lucio, this would limit high-school and middle-school football programs to one full-contact practice per week.

HB 1319 – by Rep. Sylvester Turner, which would require cardiac exams and electrocardiograms before a student can participate in practice for an athletic activity and another EKG in the student’s third year of participation. Haterius said the UIL medical advisory board is already ahead on this issue, but there are implementation problems.

HB 1411 – by Rep. Gene Wu, Houston, which addresses location selection and rotating venues for UIL statewide competitions in extracurricular academic or musical activities.

HB 1675 – by Rep. Dennis Bonnen, Angleton, proposes conducting a Sunset review of the UIL.

HB 1775 – by Rep. Ed Thompson, Austin, which proposes action to remove the UIL from any oversight of officials with other requirements as well.

HB 2594 – by Rep. Mark Strama, Austin, which would prohibit the UIL from adopting or enforcing any rule that penalizes a student competitor who participates in one or more academic or fine arts competitions that take place on a Sunday, if their ISD has adopted a policy permitting their high school to sponsor participants in Sunday competitions.

Haterius said other UIL-related bills are HB 3374, HB 3428, HB 3476, HB 3723, SB 573 and SB 929.

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