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Governor Signs Bill Banning Supplement Use For Young Athletes

Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a bill banning high school athletes from using some nutritional supplements.

He vetoed similar legislation last year. Friday´s action comes after the governor was criticized for having a multimillion-dollar contract with muscle magazines that derive most of their profits from supplement companies.

Critics said the arrangement posed a conflict of interest. The bill prohibits high school athletes from using certain performance-enhancing supplements. It requires students and parents to signed a pledge not use them. It also prohibits supplement manufacturers from sponsoring school events.

The governor´s signature came after a summer of controversy surrounding his veto of a similar bill last year. Schwarzenegger was accused of having a conflict of interest after disclosure in July that he would earn at least $1 million a year for five years serving as a consultant to a publisher of fitness magazines.