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H. B. 2548


          (By Delegates Ferro, Stowers, Pethtel, Swartzmiller, Storch, Marcum, Boggs, Ferns, Poling, D., Diserio and Phillips, L.)

          [Introduced February 19, 2013; referred to the
          Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]


A BILL to amend and reenact §61-2-15a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to increasing the criminal penalties for assaults and batteries against athletic officials.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That §61-2-15a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON.
§61-2-15a. Assault, battery on athletic officials; penalties.

     (a) If any person commits an assault as defined in subsection (b), section nine of this article, to the person of an athletic official during the time the official is acting as an athletic official, the offender is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $100, and imprisoned confined in the county jail not less than twenty-four hours five days nor more than thirty days six months.
     (b) If any person commits a battery, as defined in subsection (c), section nine of this article, against an athletic official during the time the official is acting as an athletic official, the offender is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500, and imprisoned confined in the county jail not less than twenty-four hours ten days nor more than thirty days twelve months.
     (c) For the purpose of this section, "athletic official" means a person at a sports event who enforces the rules of that event, such as an umpire or referee, or a person who supervises the participants, such as a coach.


          
     NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase the criminal penalties for assaults and batteries against athletic officials.


     Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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