LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four California schools will be forced to change mascots after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation barring public schools from using the Redskins name for sports teams.
It was one of three sports-related bills Brown approved Sunday. He also signed a measure that bans using or possessing smokeless tobacco on the playing field at professional baseball parks and another that recognizes competitive cheerleading as a high school sport.READ MORE: Suspect Runs Into Walmart At The End Of Pursuit Before Getting Arrested
The mascot legislation will prevent public schools from using a term that American Indians regard as offensive. It goes into effect in 2017.
Only four schools still use the name. Messages seeking comment from school officials were not immediately returned Monday, a federal holiday.READ MORE: Sacramento Surgeon Under Fire For Making Virtual Court Appearance While Operating On Patient
Brown rejected separate legislation that bans naming parks, schools and other public property after Confederate leaders.
(© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)MORE NEWS: High Schools Gear Up For Football Games Following Announcement To Resume Outdoor Sports In Inland Empire