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Ohio House Passes Bill To Increase Penalties For Attacks On Referees

A Hudson High School baseball coach and an umpire argue a call during a game in Hudson, Ohio on April 11, 2019.
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A Hudson High School baseball coach and an umpire argue a call during a game in Hudson, Ohio on April 11, 2019.

The Ohio House has passed a bipartisan bill that increases penalties on people who are convicted of assaulting sports officials. 

Republican Rep. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) said youth soccer coaches have told him they have a problem. 

“They said soccer games are being cancelled because there’s no officials to officiate and they said over 70% of new officials quit within three years, mostly citing spectator abuse," Roemer said.

Roemer’s bill, co-sponsored by Democrat Joe Miller (D-Amherst), would punish first time offenders with a fine of up to $1,500 and 40 hours of community service. Subsequent offenses could be fifth-degree felonies that could result in prison time.  

The bill passed overwhelmingly and now moves to the Ohio Senate. 

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