Senate encourages more 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.