(AP) — Legislators have approved a change in state law sought by a
13-year-old southern Indiana boy that would allow sports leagues to hire
youths like him as referees.
House voted 92-4 on Monday in favor of the bill adding youth sports
officials to the list of jobs for which children younger than 14 can be
hired. Currently law allows exceptions for golf caddies, farm workers and
Thirteen-year-old Matthew Burkart of Newburgh testified before a House
committee last week, saying the change will get more kids off the couches
and iPads. He hopes to referee soccer games before his next birthday.
unanimously approved the change in January. The bill will now go to Gov.
Mike Pence for his consideration.