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Tougher Penalties For Misbehaving Parents

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(AP)  Parents who attack referees at their children's athletic events will face toughened penalties. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Monday the governor has signed a bill increasing punishment for conviction of the misdemeanor crime of battery of a school or recreation contest official. The crime had carried a fine up to $500 and a prison sentence up to six months.


The measure by Republican Rep. Cameron Henry, of Metairie, sets a minimum sentence of five days in jail. If the referee receives a serious bodily injury, the prison sentence is at least 10 days. The minimum fine also was raised to at least $1,000. Anger management classes or other court-ordered counseling also will be required.


The new law takes effect Aug. 1.


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