Sen. Lucio introduces bill to ban student-athletes from events for assaulting referees

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KVEO) — Legislation has been introduced into the Texas Legislature to punish any students who assault referees during school-sanctioned events.

Senator Eddie Lucio (TX-27) introduced Senate Bill 619 in the Texas Legislature on Monday.

The full name of the act is “relating to prohibiting a student from participating in future extracurricular activities for certain conduct involving the assault of an extracurricular activity official.”

If passed, the act will prohibit any student found to have assaulted a referee at a UIL event to be forever prohibited from participating in that event.

The inspiration for this act stems from a December incident where an Edinburg High School football player assaulted a referee during a high school football game.

The football player involved in the incident, Emmanuel Duron, was indefinitely suspended from UIL events by the sanctioning body. Additionally, Edinburg High School was given two-year probation on UIL events.

This act will take effect on September 1, 2021, if it receives a two-thirds vote in the Texas Senate chamber.

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