SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation to make competitive cheerleading an official high school sport in California.
The governor on Wednesday announced signing a bill requiring the California Interscholastic Federation to oversee competitive cheerleading as it does other high school sports.READ MORE: Ready To Restart The Race: Phil Keoghan Talks About The Return Of 'The Amazing Race' After A 19-Month "Pit Stop"
Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego says at least eight other states treat competitive cheerleading as a sport. She says the formal recognition will give the sport the respect and safety standards that athletes deserve.
Her bill, AB949, requires the change by the 2017-18 school year.READ MORE: COVID: Testing In Contra Costa County Nearly Double Pandemic Peak During Omicron Surge
Gonzalez is a former high school and college cheerleader.
The Democratic governor previously signed a bill by Gonzalez requiring minimum wage pay and overtime for cheerleaders of professional sports teams.MORE NEWS: San Francisco Superior Court Appoints First Black Woman As Chief of Adult Probation
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