New law to go into effect on August 1st dealing with official harassing

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - A law will go into effect in which anyone who harasses an official on a playing field or court can be fined as much as $500 and sentenced to up to 90 days in jail.

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They must perform 40 hours of community service and attend a court-approved anger management program.

An individual who is ejected and ordered to leave the facility but does not can be fined up to $500 and sentenced to as much as six months in jail.

According to this law, an official can be considered as a coach, school administrator or teacher.

A few local officials, Sam Forester and Jeff Ryan, spoke out about the issue.

“We've got some good guys, but the harassment part of things is why they aren't around,” Forester said. “We hope this will help our ranks for officials, as well as maintain safety for us in the future.”

"It's good to see that the legislature and state association recognizes that there's a growing problem,” Ryan said. “There's already laws on the books that will protect, but this is specific. I think it will get people's attention."

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