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Michigan Senator Introduces Assault Bill

Michigan Senator Morris Hood introduced a bill in late January that calls for harsher penalties for people who assault a sports official or encourage others to attack a sports official. If passed, the legislation would make an assault of an official a felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. That’s up from the misdemeanor penalty of 93 days in jail or a $500 fine under current assault law. In addition to applying to those who physically attack an official, the legislation extends to those who encourage an assault on social media.

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