Concussion bill heads to Bullock’s office

GREAT FALLS (AP) — A bill that would require student-athletes to be removed from play after they show signs of having a concussion is going to Gov. Steve Bullock.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 112 on Thursday. Democratic Sen. Anders Blewett of Great Falls tells the Great Falls Tribune that Montana would be the 45th state to enact such legislation.

The bill calls for educating players and coaches on concussions and requires the players’ removal if an athlete exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with concussions.

The athlete must receive clearance from a medical professional before returning to competition.

The bill is named for Dylan Steigers, a former Missoula Sentinel star who died after suffering a concussion at an Eastern Oregon football practice.