For those closely following state legislatures for matters related to NCAA rules and/or student-athlete welfare, another state bill has been proposed that would seek to impose additional protections for student-athletes within the state. Specifically, a bill was recently sponsored in the state of Connecticut to establish an athletic protection commission to monitor and enforce student-athlete safety. Essentially, the commission would act as a student-athlete protection unit that would monitor and enforce best practices, investigate player abuse complaints and impose penalties if wrongdoing is proven and institute whistleblower protections for individuals who report suspected abuse. While this bill is in its infant stages from a textual standpoint, there are legislators who will support the intent of the bill as it develops. This will be a fascinating development to keep track of.
Here is an article from Jon Solomon of CBS Sports regarding this state bill.