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H.9

Introduced by   Representative Koch of Barre Town

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Crimes; aggravated assault; sports officials

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to define aggravated assault to include causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to a sports official.

AN ACT RELATING TO ASSAULTING A SPORTS OFFICIAL

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  13 V.S.A. § 1021 is amended to read:

§ 1021.  DEFINITIONS

For the purpose of this chapter:

(1)  “Bodily injury” means physical pain, illness or any impairment of physical condition;.

(2)  “Serious bodily injury” means bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes substantial loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ or substantial impairment of health, or substantial disfigurement;.

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(4)  “Sports official” means a person who:

(A)  serves as a referee, umpire, or linesman, or who serves in a similar capacity under a different title or name; and

(B)  is duly registered by or a member of a local state, regional, or national organization engaged at least in part in providing education and training to sports officials.

Sec. 2.  13 V.S.A. § 1024 is amended to read:

§ 1024.  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

(a)  A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he the person:

(1)  attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury purposely, knowingly, or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life; or

(2)  attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or

(3)  for a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment, he intentionally causes stupor, unconsciousness, or other physical or mental impairment or injury to another person by administering to him the other person, without his or her consent, a drug, substance, or preparation capable of producing the intended harm; or

(4)  with intent to prevent a law enforcement officer from performing a lawful duty, he causes physical injury to any person; or

(5)  attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to a sports official immediately prior to, during, or immediately following an interscholastic, intercollegiate, or any other organized amateur or professional athletic contest in which the sports official is participating.

(b)  A person found guilty of violating a provision of subsection subdivision (a)(1) or (2) of this section shall be imprisoned for not more than 15 years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.

(c)  A person found guilty of violating a provision of subsection subdivision (a)(3) or, (4), or (5) of this section shall be imprisoned for not more than five years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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