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Health of Calif.’s college athletes would be focus of new state panel

Just as the NCAA kicks-off its popular March Madness college basketball tournament, a California lawmaker has pitched a new state panel to oversee the health and safety of college athletes across the Golden State.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, said her bill -- the Athlete Protection Act -- proposes to do what the NCAA has failed to.

“Despite the billions of dollars that college sports generate nationally, nobody’s watching out for the health and safety of the players,” Gonzalez told reporters on a conference call. “The NCAA has made it clear they don’t believe enforcing safety standards for their players is in their responsibility. And that’s shameful.”

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