- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Parents who attack referees at their children’s athletic events will face toughened penalties.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office announced Monday the governor has signed a bill increasing punishment for conviction of the misdemeanor crime of battery of a school or recreation contest official.

The crime had carried a fine up to $500 and a prison sentence up to six months.

The measure by Republican Rep. Cameron Henry, of Metairie, sets a minimum sentence of five days in jail. If the referee receives a serious bodily injury, the prison sentence is at least 10 days. The minimum fine also was raised to at least $1,000.

Anger management classes or other court-ordered counseling also will be required.

The new law takes effect Aug. 1.

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House Bill 227 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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