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Batting Helmets Bill Gets Legislative Vote

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A bill requiring youths to wear helmets before entering commercial batting cages in Connecticut is facing a key legislative vote.

The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the legislation today, which already cleared the legislature’s General Law Committee on a unanimous vote.

Under the proposal, any person under age 18 would be required to wear protective headgear.

Proponents say pitching machines can throw balls between 70 mph and 100 mph. Requiring helmets to be worn in commercial cages, they argue, will decrease the potential for concussions, facial fractures, brain and other injuries.

Failing to wear a helmet inside a commercial batting cage would not be considered a violation or criminal offense.

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