Representative Tim Briggs is the 2015 recipient of the Pennsylvania State Association For Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Legislative Honor Award.
Representative Briggs is a 1992 graduate of West Chester University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his juris doctor from Temple School of Law in 2004. He was elected a state representative in 2009. His legislative district (149th) covers part of Montgomery County, including King of Prussia and areas extending southeast. He currently serves on the Appropriations, Environmental Resources and Energy, Judiciary, Professional Licensure and Transportation committees.
Representative Briggs was selected for the Legislative Honor Award for introducing legislation addressing issues in health, physical education and athletics. In 2011, he introduced House Bill 1795 which contained many points supporting quality health education and physical education. The bill also supported components of the State Board of Education’s Chapter 12 draft, which was passed but never adopted.
Although House Bill 1795 never came to the floor for a vote and consequently expired, Representative Briggs did not give up. Early in 2015, he reintroduced the bill as House Bill 885, the Healthy Kids Healthy Futures Act, which is currently in the House Education Committee. Representative Briggs is also the author of the Safety in Youth Sports Act, which was signed into law in 2012. This legislation set new requirements for the Departments of Health and Education aimed at preventing serious head injuries in student athletes and raising awareness of how to deal with concussions. Also in 2012, Representative Biggs was integral to the passage of the Equity in Interscholastic Athletics Disclosure Law which strengthens the reporting requirements for high schools, junior highs and middle schools to ensure they are in compliance with Title IX regulations.
Representative Briggs has also introduced legislation addressing anti bullying (HB416), radon testing in schools (HB417) and the designation of March as National Athletic Training Month (HR108). Due to his perseverance in drafting legislation addressing issues in health, physical education and athletics,
PSAHPERD is honored to select Representative Tim Briggs as the recipient of the 2015 Legislative Honor Award.