Wilton legislators join Gov. Malloy for concussion bill signing

Wilton state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Senator Toni Boucher joined Gov. Dannel Malloy, fellow legislators, students and advocates this week for a ceremonial signing of Public Act, 14-66, An Act Concerning Youth Athletics and Concussions, which focuses on awareness and prevention of concussions in athletes. Ms. Lavielle, a member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee, co-sponsored the bill.

“A concussion can be a life-altering experience if it isn’t managed properly, and this new law will ensure that students, parents, and coaches have the training and awareness to identify concussions and allow students to receive treatment and recover before they return to play,” she said. “Our General Assembly gets the best results when everyone works together, and this legislation is the outcome of true bipartisan collaboration.”

During the 2014 session, Ms. Lavielle co-sponsored Public Act 14-176, An Act Concerning the Storage and Administration of Epinephrine at Public Schools, which ensures that students, including those without previously identified allergies, can receive emergency epinephrine doses when they have an allergic reaction at school. She also co-sponsored Public Act 14-232, An Act Concerning the Review and Approval of Safe School Climate Plans by the Department of Education and a Student Safety Hotline Feasibility Study that enhances procedures for addressing bullying in school districts. In the Education Committee, Ms. Lavielle introduced language to amend this bill ensuring that students can respond to any school climate surveys anonymously.