Test Drive Our New Site! We have some improvements in the works that we're excited for you to experience. Click here to try our new, faster, mobile friendly beta site. We will be maintaining our current version of the site thru the end of 2024, so you can switch back as our improvements continue.
Legislation Quick Search
06/12/2024 11:04 AM
Pennsylvania State Senate
https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=S&SPick=20170&cosponId=21902
Share:
Home / Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Subscribe to PaLegis Notifications
NEW!

Subscribe to receive notifications of new Co-Sponsorship Memos circulated

By Member | By Date | Keyword Search


Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 9, 2017 02:52 PM
From: Senator Donald C. White
To: All Senate members
Subject: Increased Penalties for Assault on Health Care Practitioners
 

In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation (SB 1355 from last session) to raise the penalty for an assault on a health care practitioner from a misdemeanor of the second degree to a felony.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in health care and social assistance settings are five times more likely to be victims of nonfatal assaults or violent acts than the average workers in all other occupations. Unlike other occupations, health care workers may deal with patients who have a history of violence or mental illness and patients under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Under PA Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), assault against specific individuals is considered aggravated assault. A simple assault is graded as a misdemeanor of the second degree, but an assault against an individual within those enumerated protected classes is treated as an aggravated assault, which is either a felony of the first or second degree. The protected class already includes EMS personnel and psychiatric aides. My bill would add health care practitioners, as defined in the Pennsylvania Health Care Facilities Act.

I believe this proposed legislation can act as a deterrent against assaults on health care workers as well as provide an extra sense of security in the workplace. Please join me in further protecting the hardworking men and women that provide health care services across the Commonwealth.

If you have any questions regarding this proposal, please contact Anne Achenbach, of my staff, at 7-4404 or at aachenbach@pasen.gov.





Introduced as SB445