Bill Summary for H 492 (2017-2018)
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AN ACT TO INCREASE THE CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR ASSAULT ON ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WHILE THE PERSON IS DISCHARGING OR ATTEMPTING TO DISCHARGE OFFICIAL DUTIES: FIREFIGHTERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS, MEDICAL RESPONDERS, HOSPITAL PERSONNEL, LICENSED HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, LEGISLATIVE OFFICERS, JUDICIAL OFFICERS, AND ELECTED EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, AND JUDICIAL OFFICERS.Intro. by Clampitt, Saine, Dollar.
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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Expands and modifies proposed GS 14-34.11, making it a Class I felony for a person to assault a law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, or medical responder when the law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, or medical responder is discharging or attempting to discharge his or her official duties, unless the conduct is a result of a verifiable diagnosis of a medical condition or a mental health or behavioral health disability (previously, provided for assault of an officer or employee of the State or any political subdivision of the State, and did not provide situations where the conduct results from a diagnosed medical condition or a mental health or behavioral disability). Makes conforming changes to the statute’s title.
Amends the proposed revision of the definition of emergency personnel in subsection (b) of GS 14-288.9 (Assault on emergency personnel) to retain law enforcement officers in the definition.