WASHINGTON – Pennsylvania and Ohio lawmakers introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would require NCAA schools to guarantee four-year scholarships to athletes in collision sports and due process for schools accused of breaking rules.

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., and Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, say the National Collegiate Athletics Accountability Act will help improve health and education of student-athletes, and require more NCAA transparency.

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The legislation would require athletes to have annual baseline concussion testing and ensure that an athlete in good academic standing would not be in danger of losing a scholarship because of injury or performance.

Most NCAA schools already perform baseline tests. Multiyear scholarships are allowed under NCAA rules, and according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, about two-thirds of the 56 most powerful Division I public universities now offer them.

The legislation also would require members and athletes accused of breaking NCAA rules be given a formal hearing.