California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he will not sign a proposed ban on tackle football for children under 12, ending advocates’ short-lived hopes of having the bill become law this year.
“I will not sign legislation that bans youth tackle football,” Newsom said in a statement to Politico late Tuesday. “I am deeply concerned about the health and safety of our young athletes, but an outright ban is not the answer.”
The proposal from Democratic Assemblymember Kevin McCarty would have been phased in gradually through 2029. Last week, a legislative committee sent the bill to the floor of the state Assembly, clearing the way for a vote by the end of the month.
But even if the bill were to pass, Newsom’s pledge not to sign it means there is little, if any, chance of it becoming law this year. Although California lawmakers have the power to override a veto, they have not done that in more than four decades.