Kentucky parents who assault or abuse school referees could soon find themselves being harshly penalized.

Three Republican lawmakers have proposed a “Good Sport” bill that would make it a misdemeanor to intimidate sports officials and a felony to physically assault them.

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Reps. Brandon Reed, Chad McCoy and Randy Bridges wrote the bill after an incident in which a Kentucky referee was punched and knocked unconscious in Paducah. The alleged assailant is charged with assault.

The Kentucky legislative session continues until April 15.

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