Invoice will make it felony to threaten, attack health and fitness treatment personnel

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MADISON, Wis. (WHD) — It would be a felony to bodily attack or threaten a wellness care worker below a bill the Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to approve Wednesday.

The proposal with bipartisan guidance creates the new felony criminal offense of battery from a person who is a overall health treatment company. It expands present law that would make it a felony to dedicate battery against a nurse, an emergency health care treatment provider or a individual who is functioning in an crisis section.

Two health workers talk

Two wellbeing staff chat

Wellbeing treatment providers told tales at a public listening to previously this thirty day period about periods where by people have threatened physicians and many others who were being attempting to offer them care.



The measure also makes it a felony to threaten a well being care worker in their formal capability or in reaction to some thing that took place at a health treatment facility. It also extends to family associates of a health and fitness care service provider.

It would be punishable by up to 6 a long time in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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. (WHD Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2021, file picture a healthcare worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Clinic in Miami. (WHD Picture/Lynne Sladky, File)
(WHD Photograph/Lynne Sladky, File)

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The evaluate has wide assistance from more than two dozen overall health treatment and legislation enforcement companies, which include the Wisconsin Health care Society, the Wisconsin Clinic Affiliation, SSM Well being and the Marshfield Clinic Health and fitness Treatment Process.

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