California lawmakers are debating on whether or not to ban tackle football for children under 12.
Driving the news: The bill, Assembly Bill 734, authored by Democratic Asm. Kevin McCarty, was approved out of its first committee on Wednesday.
- If passed, the ban would not take effect until 2026, with proposed amendments gradually phasing in implementation through 2029.
- Advocates argue that tackle football causes brain damage, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which leads to the death of nerve cells in the brain.
- California already has laws in place that ban full-contact practices for high school and youth football teams during the offseason and impose limits during the preseason and regular season.
What they’re saying: “There are certain things that just aren’t safe for younger people,” McCarthy told KCRA. “Banging your brains around for little kids just isn’t safe.”