Senate Study Bill 1193 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to assaults on sports officials, making
2penalties applicable, and including effective date
3provisions.
4BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  Section 708.3A, subsections 1, 2, 3, and 4, Code
22023, are amended to read as follows:
   31.  A person who commits an assault, as defined in section
4708.1, against a peace officer, jailer, correctional staff,
5member or employee of the board of parole, health care
6provider, employee of the department of human services,
7employee of the department of revenue, national guard member
8engaged in national guard duty or state active duty, civilian
9employee of a law enforcement agency, civilian employee of a
10fire department, or fire fighter, whether paid or volunteer,
 11or sports official, with the knowledge that the person against
12whom the assault is committed is a peace officer, jailer,
13correctional staff, member or employee of the board of parole,
14health care provider, employee of the department of human
15services, employee of the department of revenue, national
16guard member engaged in national guard duty or state active
17duty, civilian employee of a law enforcement agency, civilian
18employee of a fire department, or fire fighter, or sports
19official,
and with the intent to inflict a serious injury
20upon the peace officer, jailer, correctional staff, member
21or employee of the board of parole, health care provider,
22employee of the department of human services, employee of
23the department of revenue, national guard member engaged in
24national guard duty or state active duty, civilian employee
25of a law enforcement agency, civilian employee of a fire
26department, or fire fighter, or sports official, is guilty of a
27class “D” felony.
   282.  A person who commits an assault, as defined in section
29708.1, against a peace officer, jailer, correctional staff,
30member or employee of the board of parole, health care
31provider, employee of the department of human services,
32employee of the department of revenue, national guard member
33engaged in national guard duty or state active duty, civilian
34employee of a law enforcement agency, civilian employee of a
35fire department, or fire fighter, whether paid or volunteer,
-1- 1or sports official, who knows that the person against whom the
2assault is committed is a peace officer, jailer, correctional
3staff, member or employee of the board of parole, health
4care provider, employee of the department of human services,
5employee of the department of revenue, national guard member
6engaged in national guard duty or state active duty, civilian
7employee of a law enforcement agency, civilian employee of a
8fire department, or fire fighter, or sports official, and who
9uses or displays a dangerous weapon in connection with the
10assault, is guilty of a class “D” felony.
   113.  A person who commits an assault, as defined in section
12708.1, against a peace officer, jailer, correctional staff,
13member or employee of the board of parole, health care
14provider, employee of the department of human services,
15employee of the department of revenue, national guard member
16engaged in national guard duty or state active duty, civilian
17employee of a law enforcement agency, civilian employee of a
18fire department, or fire fighter, whether paid or volunteer,
 19or sports official, who knows that the person against whom the
20assault is committed is a peace officer, jailer, correctional
21staff, member or employee of the board of parole, health
22care provider, employee of the department of human services,
23employee of the department of revenue, national guard member
24engaged in national guard duty or state active duty, civilian
25employee of a law enforcement agency, civilian employee of
26a fire department, or fire fighter, or sports official, and
27who causes bodily injury or mental illness, is guilty of an
28aggravated misdemeanor.
   294.  Any other assault, as defined in section 708.1, committed
30against a peace officer, jailer, correctional staff, member
31or employee of the board of parole, health care provider,
32employee of the department of human services, employee of
33the department of revenue, national guard member engaged in
34national guard duty or state active duty, civilian employee
35of a law enforcement agency, civilian employee of a fire
-2-1department, or fire fighter, whether paid or volunteer, or
2sports official,
by a person who knows that the person against
3whom the assault is committed is a peace officer, jailer,
4correctional staff, member or employee of the board of parole,
5health care provider, employee of the department of human
6services, employee of the department of revenue, national
7guard member engaged in national guard duty or state active
8duty, civilian employee of a law enforcement agency, civilian
9employee of a fire department, or fire fighter, or sports
10official,
is a serious misdemeanor.
11   Sec. 2.  Section 708.3A, subsection 5, Code 2023, is amended
12by adding the following new paragraph:
13   NEW PARAGRAPH.  0h.  “Sports official” means an individual
14who serves as a referee, umpire, or linesman, or in a similar
15capacity, at any athletic contest, and who is a member of
16or registered with a local, state, regional, or national
17organization that is engaged, in part, in providing education
18and training to referees, umpires, linesmen, or persons in
19similar capacities.
20   Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Act, being deemed of immediate
21importance, takes effect upon enactment.
22EXPLANATION
23The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
24the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   25This bill relates to assaults on sports officials.
   26Current law provides that a person who commits an assault,
27as defined in Code section 708.1, with the knowledge that
28the other person is a peace officer, jailer, correctional
29staff, member or employee of the board of parole, health
30care provider, employee of the department of human services,
31employee of the department of revenue, national guard member
32engaged in national guard duty or state active duty, civilian
33employee of a law enforcement agency, civilian employee of a
34fire department, or fire fighter, whether paid or volunteer, is
35guilty of an offense with penalties ranging from an aggravated
-3-1misdemeanor up to a class “D” felony. The bill adds “sports
2officials” to the list of protected occupations.
   3The bill provides that a person who commits an assault
4against a sports official, with the knowledge that the person
5against whom the assault is committed is a sports official,
6and with the intent to commit a serious injury, is guilty of a
7class “D” felony. The bill provides that a person who commits
8an assault against a sports official, who knows that the person
9against whom the assault is committed is a sports official, and
10who uses or displays a dangerous weapon in connection with the
11assault, is guilty of a class “D” felony. The bill provides
12that a person who commits an assault against a sports official,
13who knows that the person against whom the assault is committed
14is a sports official, and who causes bodily injury or mental
15illness, is guilty of an aggravated misdemeanor. The bill
16provides that any other assault committed against a sports
17official by a person who knows that the person against whom
18the assault is committed is a sports official is a serious
19misdemeanor.
   20A class “D” felony is punishable by confinement for no
21more than five years and a fine of at least $1,025 but not
22more than $10,245. An aggravated misdemeanor is punishable
23by confinement for no more than two years and a fine of at
24least $855 but not more than $8,540. A serious misdemeanor is
25punishable by confinement for no more than one year and a fine
26of at least $430 but not more than $2,560.
   27The bill defines “sports official” as an individual who
28serves as a referee, umpire, or linesman, or in a similar
29capacity, at any athletic contest, and who is a member of
30or registered with a local, state, regional, or national
31organization that is engaged, in part, in providing education
32and training to sports officials.
   33The bill takes effect upon enactment.
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