Apr 1, 2014 16:22 House blows the whistle on referee battering House blows the whistle on referee battering CAPITOL NEWS BUREAU April 01, 2014 Comments The penalty for attacking a referee would get a little more strict under a bill passed in the Louisiana House on Monday. House Bill 227, sponsored by state Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, would increase the penalty for battery of a “school or recreation athletic contest official” from its current penalty of a $500 fine and up to six months in jail. HB227 would: • Change the penalty to a fine of between $1,000 and $5,000 and up to three months in jail. • Increase the jail term up to six months if the offense results in an injury to the victim. • Adds 40 hours of community service and requires offenders to get counseling at their own expense. HB 227 passed on a 93-1 vote. It now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Henry said the bill was meant as a deterrent to violent acts against referees at sporting events.