Proposed Ohio law would make assaulting arbitrator a crime – CBS Pittsburgh

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Assaulting an Ohio arbitrator would become a felony punishable by fine and hours of community service, under legislation pending in the General Assembly.

The bill would make assault on referees before, during or after a sporting event, or in retaliation for their decisions, a first-degree offense with an automatic fine of $ 1,500 and 40 hours of community service .

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A second conviction could lead to a felony charge which could include jail time if the assault was committed with a weapon or caused serious harm.

More than two in three sports officials have resigned in their first three years due to spectator abuse, said Rep. Bill Roemer, a Republican from Richfield in northeast Ohio and baseball coach of the long-standing young people.

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“Sports officials deserve to be protected from undue hardship at work, not only for their safety, but for the integrity of sport in general,” Roemer told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The House passed the law in June by a large majority. Lawmakers considered but failed to pass a similar bill in the last General Assembly.

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