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  • NJ A2353
  • Establishes measures to deter steroid use among students; appropriates $45,000 to DOE for New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association testing of student-athletes for steroids and other performance enhancing substances.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(1/23/2017)
Crossed Over
(9/15/2016)
Passed
(2/13/2017)
SignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes measures to deter the use of steroids and performance enhancing supplements among the State's middle school and high school students. The bill implements the recommendations of the December 2005 report of the Governor's Task Force on Steroid Use and Prevention. The bill requires the Department of Education and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) to work jointly to develop and implement, by the 2017-2018 school year, a program of testing of student-athletes for steroids and other performance enhancing substances. The NJSIAA currently has a program of testing student-athletes who qualify to compete in championship tournaments sanctioned by the association, for steroids and other performance enhancing substances. Under this bill, the NJSIAA will expand its program of random testing to other student-athletes. Under the bill's provisions, any person who coaches a public school district or nonpublic school interscholastic sport, dance, or cheerleading team must incorporate into the team's training activities a gender-specific program designed to reduce the use of steroids and performance enhancing supplements, alcohol, and drugs, and to promote healthy nutrition and exercise. The program must have a team-centered design that provides a non-stigmatizing atmosphere and includes gender-specific content to address the risk of substance abuse unique to male and female adolescents. The program developed by the coach must be submitted to the athletic director of the school district or nonpublic school for approval. The bill also requires the NJSIAA to develop and implement, by the 2017-2018 school year, a steroid and performance enhancing supplement prevention information program for all public and nonpublic high school coaches and athletic directors. The program would establish procedures and protocols designed to: provide coaches and athletic directors with information on the dangers of steroids and performance enhancing supplements; identify the use of steroids and performance enhancing supplements in student athletes; and effectively incorporate healthy alternatives for strength building into coaches' training programs. The bill also requires the NJSIAA to provide anti-steroid and antiperformance enhancing supplement advertisements in any brochure, pamphlet, handout, program, book, or other type of material produced for sale or distribution at a tournament sanctioned by the association. The association may use any existing materials produced by the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey. Under the bill, the Commissioner of Education is charged with ensuring that information and materials about preventing steroid use are available on the Department of Education's website. The bill establishes the third week in September as "Steroid Awareness Week" in New Jersey and requires school districts to observe this week by organizing activities to raise awareness of the hazards of using steroids and performance enhancing supplements.
Education, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Received by the Assembly
Conditional Veto, Received in the Assembly  (on 5/11/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
5/11/2017 A Conditional Veto, Received in the Assembly
2/13/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (37-0)
2/13/2017 S Substituted for S367
1/23/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
1/12/2017 Senate Education Hearing (10:00 1/12/2017 Committee Room 6, 1st Floor)
11/3/2016 S Transferred to Senate Education Committee
9/26/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
9/15/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (69-2-5)
2/8/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/8/2016 Assembly Education Hearing (10:00 2/8/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 2/13/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 37 0 3
Detail 2/13/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S367 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 1/12/2017 Senate Education Committee: Reported Favorably 3 0 2
Detail 9/15/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 69 2 9
Detail 2/8/2016 Assembly Education Committee: Reported Favorably 7 0 4