Republicans At Odds On Bill Protecting Refs/Umps
At the Capitol Thursday, a bill making it a misdemeanor to harass referees and umpires in Wisconsin had a public hearing. Republican Representative Alex Dallman of Green Lake is an Assembly co-sponsor
“We need to make sure that our youth see respect in our communities . . to members of authority, in those rooms and on those courts and fields.”
But some members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, including Fond du Lac Republican Jeremy Theisfeldt (THEES-felt), questioned the need
“I just don’t know if . . . harassment of a referee is superior and worthy of stronger punishment than harassment of just a plain old person. That’s my concern.”
The WIAA claims harassment has made it difficult to recruit and keep high school referees and umpires.