PRINTER'S NO. 436
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
445
Session of
2017
INTRODUCED BY WHITE, McGARRIGLE, VULAKOVICH, BREWSTER, COSTA,
RESCHENTHALER, RAFFERTY, MENSCH, BROWNE AND LANGERHOLC,
FEBRUARY 27, 2017
REFERRED TO JUDICIARY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017
AN ACT
Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in assault, further providing for the
offense of aggravated assault.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 2702(d) of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended and subsection (c) is amended
by adding a paragraph to read:
ยง 2702. Aggravated assault.
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(c) Officers, employees, etc., enumerated.--The officers,
agents, employees and other persons referred to in subsection
(a) shall be as follows:
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(39) A health care practitioner in a health care
facility.
(d) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
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subsection:
"Electric or electronic incapacitation device." A portable
device which is designed or intended by the manufacturer to be
used, offensively or defensively, to temporarily immobilize or
incapacitate persons by means of electric pulse or current,
including devices operated by means of carbon dioxide
propellant. The term does not include cattle prods, electric
fences or other electric devices when used in agricultural,
animal husbandry or food production activities.
"Emergency medical services personnel." The term includes,
but is not limited to, doctors, residents, interns, registered
nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides, ambulance
attendants and operators, paramedics, emergency medical
technicians and members of a hospital security force while
working within the scope of their employment.
"Health care facility." Any of the following:
(1) A physician's office.
(2) A general, tuberculosis, mental, chronic disease or
other type of hospital.
(3) An ambulatory clinic or center.
(4) A health maintenance organization, institution and
corporation medical department and center.
(5) A student health center.
(6) A physical rehabilitation facility.
(7) A skilled or intermediate care nursing facility.
(8) A radiology laboratory.
(9) A renal dialysis center.
(10) A diagnostic center.
(11) A home health care agency.
(12) A clinical laboratory.
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(13) A program affiliated with a medical care facility
that renders treatment or care for drug or alcohol abuse or
dependence.
(14) A setting where medical care and services are
rendered.
"Health care practitioner." An individual who is authorized
to practice some component of the healing arts by a license,
permit, certificate or registration issued by a Commonwealth
licensing agency or board.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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