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TODAY: Governor Reynolds signs concussion bill into law

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Today Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law that will help protect Iowa's high school athletes.

It's a bill that has been in the works for the last four years.

The bill focuses on making sure high school athletes get proper care after a concussion. 

There are two key parts to this legislation.

First, it focuses on a "return-to-learn" protocol. That means a student can't return to playing sports until he or she is fully recovered in school and class. 

Second, the law provides incentives for high schools to have a health care professional, either an athletic trainer or a physician, on the sidelines. 

This legislation doesn't require schools to have a health care provider present at games, but it does limit legal liability if they do.

This bill will update the existing concussion law. 

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