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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 9, 2020 03:19 PM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: Assault on Public Transportation Employees
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation, formerly SB 632 of 2019-2020, which would provide heightened penalties for offenses committed against public transportation employees. The intent of this legislation is to reduce and eliminate future assaults against such employees.

Under current law, a protected class of public servants has been created under section 2702 (c) of Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses). This class, which does not include public transportation employees, receives protection from additional offenses of aggravated assault while performing assigned job duties.

Unfortunately, at this time, public transportation workers are only protected from an offense of aggravated assault if a person attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause serious bodily injury—a first degree felony offense. No second-degree felony offenses of aggravated assault against public transportation employees exist.

As the number of assaults on transit workers continue to rise each year, my legislation would include public transportation employees in the protected class of employees found under section 2702 (c) of Title 18. This would provide for additional offenses of aggravated assault against public transportation employees to ensure they receive protection equal to that of other public servants under the law.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation and help protect all public transportation employees throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Members who co-sponsored this legislation previously include Senators Kearney, Muth, Farnese, Brewster, Costa and Browne.

Introduced as SB204