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HOUSE BILL NO. 254
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H0254................................by JUDICIARY, RULES AND ADMINISTRATION
SPORTS OFFICIALS - Adds to existing law to provide that it is a misdemeanor
offense to have offensive contact with a sports official during a sporting
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-sixth Legislature First Regular Session - 2001
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 254
BY JUDICIARY, RULES AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO ASSAULT AND BATTERY; AMENDING CHAPTER 9, TITLE 18, IDAHO CODE, BY
3 THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 18-916A, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE A MISDE-
4 MEANOR OFFENSE FOR OFFENSIVE CONTACT WITH A SPORTS OFFICIAL DURING A
5 SPORTING EVENT.
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Chapter 9, Title 18, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
8 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
9 ignated as Section 18-916A, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
10 18-916A. SPORTS OFFICIAL -- OFFENSIVE CONTACT -- MISDEMEANOR. (1) It
11 shall be a misdemeanor offense punishable by imprisonment in the county jail
12 for a period of time not to exceed six (6) months, or a fine of up five hun-
13 dred dollars ($500), or both, in any action in which the state establishes the
15 (a) The accused intentionally subjected a sporting event official to
16 offensive contact;
17 (b) The defendant knew that the victim was a sports official at the time
18 the offensive physical contact was made;
19 (c) The offensive contact was made while the victim was within, or in the
20 immediate vicinity of, a facility at which the victim served as a sports
21 official for a sporting event.
22 (2) As used in this section, "sports official" means a person who serves
23 as a referee, umpire, linesman or judge or performs similar functions under a
24 different title at a sporting event whereat the public is invited and is prop-
25 erly recognizable as a sports official.
26 (3) "Offensive contact" means body contact with the victim by laying on
27 of hands; bumping; pushing; shoving; spitting; throwing solid or liquid
28 objects intended to express displeasure or inflict harm; or an unlawful
29 attempt, coupled with apparent ability, to commit a violent injury; or an
30 intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence, coupled with an
31 apparent ability to do so; and doing some act which creates a well-founded
32 fear that such violence is imminent.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this legislation is to ensure the protection of
sports officials from "offensive contact" during sporting
activities by amending Chapter 9, Title 18, Idaho Code.
There will be no fiscal impact to the general fund.
Name: Representative David Bieter
Phone: 332 1000
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 25