Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Student-athlete bill endorsed by panel

- — Rachel Herzog

The Senate Education Committee on Monday advanced a bill to allow athletes to be compensate­d for use of their names, images and likenesses.

House Bill 1671 by House Speaker Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado, has the support of top athletic department officials and coaches at the state’s largest universiti­es.

Six states have already adopted similar measures.

If passed by the full Senate and signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the bill will go into effect on Jan. 1.

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