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The National College Players Association and others helped get the Student-Athletes Right to Know bill passed in the California Assembly. Click here for more.

Numerous calls from current and former college athletes to key lawmakers and strong support from the United Steelworkers helped generated crucial support for The Student-Athletes Right to Know Act (AB 2079), sponsored by the NCPA.  As a result, the bill was approved by the California Assembly on Thursday with bipartisan support.  The vote was 58 to 17.

Now, the bill must be approved by the California Senate Education and Appropriations Committees, the entire Senate, and the governor before it becomes a law. 

If signed into law, AB 2079 would put enormous pressure on colleges nationwide to treat their athletes better because their policies would be accessible to recruits, the media, and the general public.

The victory got coverage from many media outlets, including The Huffington Post, which you can read by clicking here and The Associated Press. AP writer Alan Scher Zagier writes:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Led by a former UCLA linebacker, college athletes are demanding more from their schools in exchange for the long hours they put in and are poised for perhaps their biggest victory yet.

On Wednesday, the California Assembly passed a sweeping proposal that calls for schools to provide recruits a written summary of their schools' policies on everything from medical insurance limits to athlete transfer rates and scholarship renewals, all within a week of contact. The Student-Athletes' Right to Know Act now heads to the state Senate.

The legislation is backed by the National College Players Association, a Los Angeles-based organization headed by former Bruin Ramogi Huma that has grown to 14,000 members, thanks to the rise of social media and an Internet-driven recruitment strategy. About half the members are current athletes, representing 150 Division I programs.

Their activism cuts to the core of a debate that has roiled college sports since the NCAA was created more than a century ago: Is a mostly free education sufficient compensation for a commitment to athletics or do students who generate millions for their schools and coaches deserve more - from "pay for play" compensation to more basic legal protections in the workplace?

When Huma first tried to organize college athletes more than a decade ago, he found skeptics at every turn.