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HOUSE BILL NO. 268
INTRODUCED BY J. O'HARA
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT SOLELY CREATING THE FELONY OFFENSE OF ASSAULT ON A HEALTH CARE WORKER OR EMERGENCY RESPONDER; PROVIDING A PENALTY; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Assault on health care provider or emergency responder -- penalty -- definitions. (1) A person commits the offense of assault on a health care provider or emergency responder if, while a health care provider or emergency responder is performing professional duties, the person:
(a) purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to the health care provider or emergency responder;
(b) negligently causes bodily injury to the health care provider or emergency responder with a weapon; or
(c) purposely or knowingly causes the health care provider or emergency responder reasonable apprehension of bodily injury.
(2) A person convicted of assault on a health care provider or emergency responder shall be fined an amount not to exceed $50,000 or be imprisoned for a term not to exceed 10 years, or both.
(3) As used in this section, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Emergency responder" has the meaning provided in 45-5-214.
(b) "Health care provider" has the meaning provided in 50-4-504.
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 45, chapter 5, part 2, and the provisions of Title 45, chapter 5, part 2, apply to [section 1].
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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