BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is poised to join more than a dozen other states allowing college athletes to earn cash from endorsements and sponsorship deals. The effort is gaining steam across the country because of the NCAA’s inaction on a national policy. The Senate voted 35-0 Tuesday for House changes to Republican Sen. Pat Connick’s bill to let the student athletes profit off the use of their name, image and likeness. That was the final vote needed to send the measure to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk. Connick said at least 15 states have passed similar legislation. Edwards hasn't taken a public position on the bill.

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