Tougher penalties for rowdy fans approved

A bill that would stiffen penalties for parents who interfere with referees at athletic events won final legislative approval Monday.

The state Senate passed the legislation 36-1.

The measure would increase fines and require anger management classes for parents and other spectators who get too rowdy.

Backers of the bill said violence at athletic events is a growing problem.

The legislation is House Bill 227.

State Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, cast the lone “no” vote in the state Senate.

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