The state Legislature is considering a bill that would make it a Class A misdemeanor for individuals to harass or intimidate a sports official in response to the official’s performance, or with intent to influence the official’s decisions.
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Currently, there is no legislation specifically addressing harassment or intimidation of sports officials.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association and National Association of Sport Officials back the bill’s passage.
“Responding to the national crisis as a result of the shortage of amateur and youth sport officials, we applaud and recognize the Wisconsin legislature’s bipartisan efforts to create protections for the men and women that officiate these events,” said Dave Anderson, executive director of the WIAA.