Bill seeks to enhance penalties for attacks on health care workers

Assaults would be elevated to a minimum class A misdemeanor

A bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature would enhance the level of crime for assaults on health care workers.

“I’ve heard about instances of physical aggression. People attacking nurses. Attacking security workers, attacking custodians in hospitals,” said Rep. Robert Spendlove, R-Sandy, who is sponsoring House Bill 32.

HB 32 elevates any assault on employees or contractors at health care facilities to a minimum of a class A misdemeanor, punishable by fines or jail time. Rep. Spendlove said he is expanding existing law, which only covers assaults in an emergency room. Under his proposed legislation, it would cover an entire hospital or a physician’s office.

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