Battery on an Official

first_imgThere is a senate bill pending in the Indiana General Assembly that would increase the penalty for any person attacking an IHSAA official during a high school ball game.  The senate bill was introduced by Lonnie Rudolph, a democrat from East Chicago.  At the present time, an attack is classified as a B misdemeanor which could result in a 6-month sentence and a $1,000 fine.Mr. Rudolph would like to raise this to a class A misdemeanor which at the present time carries a 1-year sentence and $5,000 fine.  His proposal would keep it a class A misdemeanor but raise the penalty to a possible 6-year sentence and $10,000 fine.  Most of this stems from an incident that took place in a high school basketball game earlier this year in the East Chicago district.I am not opposed to raising the penalty, but I wonder if his suggestion might be a little steep to get the bill passed.  Let’s hope they do compromise on some stricter penalties for fan attacks on any official.last_img

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