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ST. PAUL - A bill requiring criminal background checks on coaches heads to the governor, over the objections of some rural lawmakers who say volunteers for athletics, speech teams and other school activities may not step forward under its provisions.

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"I think this is going to be a mandate on our schools that will stifle assistance in the athletics arena," Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, said.

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