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California Won’t Ban Youth Tackle Football


A Democrat-led effort to ban tackle football for children in California is reportedly in jeopardy after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office confirmed last month that he plans to veto the controversial bill if it reaches his desk.

“I will not sign legislation that bans youth tackle football,” the press release read.

“I am deeply concerned about the health and safety of our young athletes, but an outright ban is not the answer,” the release added. “My Administration will work with the Legislature and the bill’s author to strengthen safety in youth football — while ensuring parents have the freedom to decide which sports are most appropriate for their children.”

The bill, authored by Democratic Assembly member Kevin McCarty, followed similar efforts from states like New York and Massachusetts that aimed to protect children under 12 from brain damage and other football-related medical issues.

The governor’s promised veto signals the bill’s third failed attempt, according to KCRA News in Sacramento.