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PRINTER'S NO. 3188
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2355
Session of
2024
INTRODUCED BY SHUSTERMAN, PIELLI, KINSEY, HILL-EVANS, SANCHEZ,
PROBST, VENKAT, GUENST, KENYATTA, SCHLOSSBERG, CIRESI,
CERRATO, KIM, D. WILLIAMS, MAYES AND WARREN, MAY 29, 2024
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, MAY 29, 2024
AN ACT
Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in assault, providing for the offense
of intimidation of health care workers.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:
ยง 2706.1. Intimidation of health care workers.
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits the offense of
intimidation of a health care worker if the person orally or in
writing:
(1) knowingly and willfully makes a threat against any
health care practitioner, technician or hospital security
officer with the intent to intimidate, interfere with or
impede the performance of official duties; or
(2) knowingly sends, delivers or makes for the purpose
of sending or delivering a threat prohibited under paragraph
(1).
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(b) Grading.--
(1) An offense under subsection (a) constitutes a
summary offense for the first offense and, upon conviction,
shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $500. The
person also may be sentenced to perform not more than 50
hours of community service.
(2) A second or subsequent offense under subsection (a)
shall constitute a misdemeanor of the third degree and, upon
conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than
$500 nor more than $2,500. The person also may be sentenced
to imprisonment for a period not to exceed one year or to
perform not more than 500 hours of community service.
(c) Posting of notice.--Notice of the offense under this
section shall be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to
each health care facility. No person shall be convicted of an
offense under this section if the notice was not posted at each
public entrance of the health care facility unless the person
had actual notice of the offense.
(d) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Health care facility." The term shall have the meaning
given to it in section 103 of the act of July 19, 1979 (P.L.130,
No.48), known as the Health Care Facilities Act.
"Health care practitioner." The term shall have the meaning
given to it in section 103 of the Health Care Facilities Act.
"Hospital security officer." An employee of a hospital
charged with maintaining the safety and security of the property
of the hospital and the individuals on the property.
"Technician." The term shall have the meaning given to it in
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the act of December 20, 1985 (P.L.457, No.112), known as the
Medical Practice Act of 1985.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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