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Player Death-Legislation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has passed a revised
version of a bill addressing safety measures for high school
athletes.
Democratic state Rep. Joni Jenkins of Shively said she filed the
legislation in response to the death of Louisville teen Max Gilpin,
who died of complications from heatstroke in August three days
after collapsing during football practice. But the Lexington
Herald-Leader reports she gutted the legislation on Monday at the
urging of Kentucky medical officials.
The bill would have required schools to keep icy pools around
during scorching summer practices. But the version that passed 97-0
Monday removed that and calls for state education officials to
consider medical science to determine the best course of action
when a student athlete suffers heat exhaustion.
Gilpin's coach, David Jason Stinson, has pleaded not guilty to
reckless homicide in an unusual case of a coach being charged
criminally in the death of a player.
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The Legislation is House Bill 383.

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