Opposition to Jonathan's Law

    10:12 PM, Mar 15, 2011   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)--The Arkansas State Soccer Association (ASSA) is saying Jonathan's Law will substantially increase liability insurance and cause some soccer organizations to close.

    The organization also states in an e-mail to THV that "the bill imposes an unnecessary and undue hardships on clubs to purchase dozens of new goals."

    "A set of large goals can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000. Considering that many soccer clubs are non-profit and are run by volunteers, many will not to be able to afford new goals and will be forced to close their doors or limit the number of children they can accept," says Executive Director of ASSA Gayle Smith.

    Smith says, "They sympathize with the Nelson family. Hearing that a child was killed by a soccer goal is upsetting to the entire soccer community. Goal safety is an issue we constantly promote to our members.

    "We understand that this bill is a response to the tragic death of Jonathan Nelson but we believe that goal safety education is a more productive means to preventing future accidents than legislation."

    The state soccer association says it preaches goal safety and believes that education and not litigation would be the key to making sure a tragic event doesn't happen again.

    Lawmakers anticipate House Bill 1810 or Jonathan's Law will come up before the full House Wednesday and ASSA hopes it will be amended so that it doesn't put such a financial strain on the local soccer association.

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