The state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would require California'sPac-12Conference universities to provide additional financial and academic support for injured and low-income athletes.
The legislation requires schools that generate an average of $10 million annually in media revenue to provide:
• Equivalent academic scholarships to athletes who are injured and lose their athletic scholarship.
• Equivalent academic scholarships to athletes who have participated in sports programs with a graduation rate of less than 60% and whose scholarship was not renewed for nondisciplinary reasons.
• Payment of healthcare insurance premiums for low-income athletes.
• Payment for deductibles and co-payments for sports-related injuries.
• Financial and life-skills workshops for all incoming athletes.
• Guidelines to prevent, assess and treat sports-related injuries and serious health conditions.
• Immediate approval of transfers, without restrictions or conditions.
The legislation, called the Student-Athlete Bill of Rights by its sponsor, state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), was passed by a margin of 22-15. The bill will next be considered by the Assembly.