Last session I introduced a bill to create a new penalty for harassment of sports officials. As a long-time coach and umpire, I am very familiar with the problem, which has been growing in recent years, resulting in a shortage of umpires and referees. Aspiring officials want to do the job, but they do not want to put up with the abuse from spectators.
I authored the bill at the request of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association. While I am no longer a lead author of the bill, I testified at the public hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Next, I am hoping the bill receives a public hearing in the Assembly.