COLUMBUS, Ohio – Pending legislation would make assaulting Ohio referees while they do their jobs a crime.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would make such attacks a first-degree misdemeanor with an automatic fine of $1,500 and 40 hours of community service.
The bill also says a second conviction could lead to a felony charge.
Legislation sponsor Rep. Bill Roemer is a Republican from Richfield in northeastern Ohio and a longtime youth baseball coach.
Roemer says more than two of every three sports officials quit during their first three years because of spectator abuse.