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Bill seeks to strengthen penalties for assaults on healthcare workers

A bill introduced in the Wyoming Legislature would raise the crime level for assaults on healthcare workers.

“I have heard of cases of physical aggression. Nurses attackers. Attacks on security personnel, attacks on hospital custodians,” said Rep. Robert Spendlove, R-Sandy, who is sponsoring House bill 32.

HB 32 elevates any assault on employees or contractors in healthcare facilities to a minimum of a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine or imprisonment. Congressman Spendlove said he is expanding the existing law to include assaults only in the emergency room. Under his proposed law, it would include an entire hospital or doctor’s office.

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https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/01/05/bill-seeks-enhance/ Bill seeks to strengthen penalties for assaults on healthcare workers

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