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Rep. Dexter Sharper pushing for safer dugouts

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Georgia State Representative Dexter Sharper, from Valdosta, was continuing Thursday to try to make baseball dugouts in Georgia safer.

Sharper was continuing to promote a bill that he had drafted as of Thursday that would require dugouts at all youth baseball fields to be fenced.

On March 25th, 14 year old Valdosta High freshman Colton Shaw was hit in the head by a thrown ball while he was sitting in the dugout during the JV game he was playing in at Colquitt County High School.

Shaw died the next day.

"Any time we can do somethin' that's gonna preserve a life, we need to do that," Rep. Sharper emphasized. "Because there was a death involved this time, you gotta make sure you do everything you can to prevent this from happening to someone else's child."

Sharper said he was confident that the bill would be well received in the state legislature, but he said he knows there may be some opposition to it. "There is gonna be a monetary situation. So, you may have some cities in Georgia or counties, or you may have some board of education that say, 'well, this is too expensive.' But, I always say you can't put a price on someone's life," Rep. Sharper explained.

As of Thursday, the bill was expected to be considered when the next legislative session convenes in Atlanta in January 2016.

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