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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 1, 2019 02:23 PM
From: Representative Louis C. Schmitt, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: Harassment of Law Enforcement Officer
I was contacted by a police officer in my district who informed me that there is a loophole in the laws we have enacted to protect law enforcement officers from coming into contact with saliva and other bodily fluids. Currently, the Crimes Code creates an offense if the law enforcement officer comes into contact with another person’s bodily fluid only if the person is committed to a correctional facility or is being transported to a correctional facility. The Crimes Code does not address the scenario where a person deliberately spits on an officer or causes the officer to come into contact with other bodily fluids where such an act is the primary offense.

I am introducing legislation entitled Harassment of Law Enforcement Officer. This bill provides that if a person intentionally or knowingly causes the officer to come into contact with saliva or other bodily fluid by throwing, tossing, or spitting the bodily fluid, the person would commit a criminal offense.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsorship this legislation.

Introduced as HB2016