Lawmakers Target Sports Bullies

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Two Michigan lawmakers will again try to beef up penalties for people who assault athletes, coaches or referees during a sporting event.

The bills would make such assaults by non-participants a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of $2000.

Such assaults now are often treated as misdemeanors.

The bills target non-participants who assault participants in a sporting event.

The bills are in the state House.

The legislation is sponsored by Rick Jones, a Republican from Grand Ledge, and Gino Polidori, a Democrat from Dearborn.

Jones sponsored similar legislation last year but it did not advance.