SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are debating whether to let student athletes sign endorsement deals and hire agents.

The legislation is Senate Bill 206

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The proposed law could upend the multibillion-dollar business of college sports and scrap policies that strictly limit the ways in which college athletes can profit from their name, image and likeness.

SB206 backers argue it is a matter of fairness. But universities across the state are opposing the law, arguing it would put them in direct conflict with National Collegiate Athletic Association policies.

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The state Senate passed the bill last month and an Assembly committee approved it Tuesday.

The bill goes next to the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

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