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Governor Signs Bill Extending Interscholastic Eligibility to Alternative High School Students


Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today signed into law Senate Bill 119, sponsored Senate Majority Leader Kevin Meyer that will allow participation in interscholastic sports and activities by students of non-traditional high school.

The substance of the bill was introduced by House Finance Co-chair Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak/Mat-Su, as a committee bill (House Bill 369). The bill addressed a technical issue with student participation after they suffer a concussion or head injury, while extending interscholastic sports and activity eligibility to student-athletes enrolled in non-traditional programs such as state approved correspondence schools and home schools.

Rep. Stoltze credited the work of Rep. Dan Saddler, R-JBER/Eagle River, who helped carry the legislation in committee and on the House Floor.

"It's clear that students who play sports and participate in other interscholastic activities do better in school and in life, so it's important to extend those benefits to more young Alaskans," Saddler said. "This bill lets more of our young people take part in these fun, healthy and educational activities, and lets them do so more safely.  I'm proud to have helped get SB 119 passed, and very pleased to see it signed into law."

Senate Bill 119 refines state statutes and makes participation in scholastic sports and activity participation available to students who otherwise are not eligible. The bill addresses the eligibility of alternative school student-athletes and student-athletes who have suffered a concussion or brain trauma.

“This legislation defines the eligibility rules for high school sports programs by allowing student-athletes enrolled full time in an alternative education programs, to participate in interscholastic sports programs offered through the public school system where they live,” Stoltze said.

“It clarifies the eligibility rules for students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be involved in interscholastic sports and activities. Passage of this legislation will benefit a broader range of students previously excluded from competing.

The section of SB 119 addressing participation of students who suffer a concussion or head injury takes effect immediately. The section dealing with student eligibility takes effect July 1, 2013.

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