Officials Assault Legislation

Earlier this week, Senator Morris Hood reintroduced the sports officials’ assault legislation which stalled in the Senate last term. The Judiciary Committee may consider the bill as soon as next Tuesday (March 7, 2017). The bill addresses assaults on officials during a sporting event. To review the bill, click here: Review Senate Bill 201 

If you have been a victim of assault (as an official) and you are interested in testifying please contact Jim Dworman.  He can be contacted at

There are three local senators on the committee. You can look up the senator for where you live here: State Senator Look Up  Even if you’re not covered by these senators, we strongly encourage you to make your voice heard on this matter.

Patrick Colbeck – District 7 – Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city

Steve Bieda – District 9 – Center Line, Eastpointe, Fraser, Roseville, Warren, and a portion of Clinton Township

Tory Rocca – District 10 – Clinton Township (part), Macomb Township, and Sterling Heights

Below is some suggested language that can be used when contacting your state senator. Feel free to copy and paste into an email and personalize as you see fit:

As a sports official, I’d like to bring your attention Senate Bill 201 introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee February 28 by Senator Morris Hood. The bill addresses assaults on officials during a sporting event. It’s an important piece of legislation to protect and support the hard working men and women that give their days and nights to help make athletic contests possible. I know myself and others will be following this legislation closely and encourage you to help bring it to the desk of Governor Snyder.

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