Senate encourages after-school play
A measure aiming to get more kids active in after-school play groups unanimously passed the state Senate on Thursday.
Senate Bill 12 would limit the liability of Georgia’s public school systems for injuries and damages suffered in after-school play.
The idea, said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, is to encourage more schools to sponsor after-school activities as the state confronts a major childhood obesity problem.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others, Georgia has the second-highest childhood obesity rate in the nation. Nearly 40 percent of children in the state are overweight or obese.
SB 12 now goes to the House for consideration.
— Kristina Torres