2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 8, 2020 - Introduced by Senators Jacque, Smith, Olsen, Wirch, Risser,
Testin, Schachtner, Bewley and Marklein, cosponsored by Representatives
Novak, Vruwink, Subeck, Kuglitsch, Petryk, Horlacher, Zimmerman,
Steffen, Dittrich, Milroy, Sinicki, Doyle, Ohnstad, Felzkowski, Ballweg,
Gruszynski, Skowronski, Fields, Hintz, L. Myers, Kulp, Kitchens, Quinn,
Sanfelippo, Stubbs, C. Taylor, Tusler, VanderMeer and Vining. Referred to
Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
SB657,1,2 1An Act to create 947.013 (1) (e) and 947.013 (1p) of the statutes; relating to:
2harassment of a sports official and providing a penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a person commits harassment and is subject to a Class B
forfeiture if the person, with intent to harass or intimidate, strikes, shoves, or kicks
another person or if the person engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits
acts which harass or intimidate another person and which serve no legitimate
purpose. Under this bill, the person is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor if the person
commits harassment against a referee, umpire, judge, or person performing similar
functions and the harassment is in response to, or intended to influence, an action
by the sports official.
Because this bill creates a new crime or revises a penalty for an existing crime,
the Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties may be requested to prepare a
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB657,1 3Section 1. 947.013 (1) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
SB657,2,24 947.013 (1) (e) “Sports official” means a person who serves as a referee, umpire,
5linesman, timekeeper, inspector, or judge, or performs similar functions, whether

1paid or unpaid, at a sporting event open to the public and who is recognizable as a
2sports official.
SB657,2 3Section 2. 947.013 (1p) of the statutes is created to read:
SB657,2,104 947.013 (1p) Whoever violates sub. (1m) is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor if
5the victim is a sports official and the violation is in response to, or intended to
6influence, an action by the sports official in his or her official capacity. In addition to
7any other penalties that apply to the crime, the court may impose up to 40 hours of
8community service work and may require that the actor participate in counseling,
9including anger management or abusive behavior intervention, at the actor's
SB657,2,1111 (End)