Muskogee Congressman Reconsiders Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state senator who authored a bill that
would restrict non-school-related athletic practices for young children now says he won't seek its passage.

Democrat State Senator Earl Garrison of Muskogee says public outcry against the bill persuaded him that continuing to push the bill would be counterproductive.

The former basketball coach now wants an interim study done to see if the measure really is needed.

Opponents had posted an online petition against the measure, Senate Bill 451.

Garrison says the intent of the bill was to protect children, not put a hardship on people.

The bill would have prohibited outdoor non-school-related practices for children 13 and under if the heat index reached 95 degrees.

It also would have banned indoor practices in non-air-conditioned facilities at that temperature.

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