Panel backs bill to track N Carolina college athlete rights

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CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 02: C.J. Cotman #20 and Cayson Collins #23 of the North Carolina Tar Heels lead their team onto the field during their game against the California Golden Bears at Kenan Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state legislative panel has forwarded a bill to the full General Assembly to create a commission focused on the rights of college student-athletes at North Carolina’s public campuses.

The Legislative Commission on the Fair Treatment of College Student-Athletes voted Wednesday to send the proposal to the House and Senate for consideration. Panel chairman Lt. Gov. Dan Forest cast the deciding vote.

It would create a commission to create health and safety standards, a code of conduct for athletics officials and investigate athlete complaints. It would also create a trust fund to pay for the work, funded by revenue from schools’ ticket sales.

The University of North Carolina system opposed several of the proposals, saying numerous protections already exist at campuses and warning some proposals would conflict with NCAA rules.

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