By Ed Mahon
York Daily Record
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state Senate is considering legislation, authored by state Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-Hellam Township, that he says would expand penalties for anyone who exposes or attempts to expose law enforcement to communicable diseases through bodily fluids.
The legislation would include blood, urine, feces and other bodily fluids. The legislation passed the House unanimously in March.
House Bill 56 would create two new felony offenses, according to a news release from Gillespie.
A conviction of Assault by Bodily Fluid, a second degree felony, would include a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine, according to the news release. There would be a maximum penalty of 20 years and a $25,000 fine for Assault By Bodily Fluid With Communicable Disease, a first degree felony.
In a co-sponsorship memo, Gillespie said the legislation would give police officers the same protections that corrections officers have.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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