MRI brain scan computer images (AP)
DENVER (AP) -- Concussion protections for young athletes and the elimination of an agricultural tax break are among the new Colorado laws going into effect in the new year.
Starting Jan. 1, coaches will be required to bench players as young as 11 when it's believed they've suffered a head injury and the young athletes will need medical clearance before returning to play. The new law also requires coaches in public and private schools to take free annual online training to recognize concussion symptoms.
Dozens of other states have enacted similar laws with the support of the NFL, which has helped craft legislation or endorsed local measures.
Colorado is also eliminating a tax break for small properties classified as agricultural that aren't being used for farming or ranching.
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