Most people would never consider trying to harm someone who is providing them with medical attention. Unfortunately, many times in the line of duty medical emergency personnel are assaulted.
State Rep. Larry Glenn has authored a bill that would make assaulting a medical professional a felony, the same offense as assaulting a law enforcement officer in the line of duty.
“There has been a lot of interest in this bill,” Glenn said. “It was requested by Dr. Doug Cox.”
House Bill 1289 states in section 650.5 that “every person who, without justifiable or excusable cause and with intent to do bodily harm, commits any aggravated assault and battery or any assault with a firearm or other deadly weapon upon the person of an emergency medical technician or other emergency medical care provider, upon conviction, is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not more than one year, or by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by both such fine and imprisonment.”
Another bill authored by Glenn that seems to spark a lot of interest is House Bill 1288, which was requested by area farmers.
“Responsibility for damaged fences after an accident has been a long-occurring problem,” Glenn said. “Farmers have complained for years about having to repair fences after someone has crashed through them.”
The bill states that the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in damage to fixtures, fences or other property shall take reasonable steps to locate and notify the owner or person in charge of such property.
The driver shall also provide his or her name, address, registration number of the vehicle being driven and exhibit a drivers license and insurance verification to the owner or person in charge of damaged property.
Failing to comply with the above requirements, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars $500 and/or imprisonment in county jail for not more than one year.
The provision also states that anyone violating the provisions of the bill are subject to liability for damages in an amount equal to three times the value of the damage caused by the accident.
Nothing in the section shall prevent a judge from ordering restitution for any damage caused by a driver involved in an accident.