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Louisiana Bill could give jail time for yelling at officials in youth sports

A Representative in south Louisiana filed a bill that could lead to fines, community service and possibly jail time for anyone who harasses refs, umpires, and other game officials.

The bill is currently in the Louisiana Senate and would create a misdemeanor crime for harassing refs and officials at youth athletic events. Being convicted of the crime could come with up to 90 days of imprisonment.

Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate reports that House Bill 184 would created a class of misdemeanor crime for “harassment of a school or recreation athletic contest official.” The state Senate voted 35-0 in favor of the bill over the weekend. The bill will now return to the state House of Representatives for consideration of an amendment that would criminalize “not leaving the field and facility when ordered by police.”

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