Ever watched a sports game and wanted to strangle the official refereeing the game? Well not literally but you could have sworn he was playing for the opposing team. The referees are quite aware of this feeling they provoke in the attendees, which is why Montana lawmakers are attempting to pass a law to protect the referees and avoid the dipping number of people with referee aspirations. The bill has been passed in the Senate and must now pass in the House before being signed in by Governor Schweitzer.

HELENA (AP) — A proposal before House lawmakers says referees need better lawsuit protection when officiating athletic events in Montana.

Senate Bill 4 heard in the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday would raise the bar for what is required to sue an official for injuries during a sporting event.

Supporters say fear of lawsuits is driving people away from officiating and has created a serious shortage of referees.

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