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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 17, 2019 12:05 PM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Aggravated Assault - Vulnerable Individuals
Currently, Pennsylvania law on aggravated assault does not include protections for some of the most vulnerable individuals in this Commonwealth – such as individuals who are blind, pregnant, over age 60, or who have a physical or intellectual disability. To close this gap, I will be introducing legislation making aggravated assault against one of these individuals a first-degree felony.

It has also come to my attention that the offense of “Simple Assault” unnecessarily confuses victims and sometimes diminishes the injury that they have suffered. As such, my legislation would rename “Simple Assault” to “Assault.” Finally, my legislation would also provide for cases where an individual attempts to cause, or intentionally or knowingly causes, “substantial bodily injury” to another. This change would provide for a middle ground between the current standards of “bodily injury” and “serious bodily injury” that are found in the offenses of assault and aggravated assault.

Please join me in sponsoring this important and victim-centered piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB2220