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Bill makes it felony to threaten, attack health care workers

Bill makes it felony to threaten, attack health care workers

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It would be a felony to bodily assault or threaten a well being care worker under a invoice the Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to approve Wednesday.

The proposal with bipartisan assist makes the new felony crime of battery from a person who is a health care company. It expands present regulation that can make it a felony to commit battery against a nurse, an emergency clinical care supplier or a human being who is performing in an emergency office.

Bill makes it felony to threaten, attack health care workers

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Well being treatment providers explained to tales at a community listening to previously this thirty day period about instances the place people have threatened physicians and other individuals who were being trying to offer them care.

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The evaluate also makes it a felony to threaten a well being care worker in their official ability or in response to one thing that transpired at a wellbeing treatment facility. It also extends to loved ones associates of a wellbeing care supplier.

It would be punishable by up to 6 years in prison and a $10,000 great.

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2021, file photo a healthcare worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2021, file image a healthcare worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. (AP Photograph/Lynne Sladky, File)
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The measure has wide aid from extra than two dozen wellness care and regulation enforcement companies, together with the Wisconsin Healthcare Culture, the Wisconsin Clinic Association, SSM Wellness and the Marshfield Clinic Wellness Care Process.