Wed. 3:12pm: Ohio bill would fix errors in sports safety law

COLUMBUS (AP) – The Ohio House is poised to clear a bill correcting a new state law that inadvertently allows coaches and referees in youth sports leagues to be criminally prosecuted for violating rules regarding players’ head injuries.

Representatives planned to vote this afternoon to fix the error in the law. The Senate passed an earlier version.

The new law requires coaches, volunteers and officials in youth sports organizations to have players who show concussion-like symptoms sit out games or practices until they’re checked and cleared by a doctor or licensed health care provider.

Supporters say the law is intended to promote safety, not impose punishments.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health says the state isn’t aware of any criminal charges filed for noncompliance since the law took effect April 26.