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HOUSE BILL NO. 54
INTRODUCED BY R. MENAHAN
BY REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
AN ACT CREATING THE CRIMINAL OFFENSE OF ASSAULT WITH A BODILY FLUID; PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR THE OFFENSE; AND DEFINING "BODILY FLUID".
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Assault with bodily fluid. (1) A person commits the offense of assault with a bodily fluid if the person purposely or knowingly causes one of the person's bodily fluids to make physical contact with a law enforcement officer or staff person of a correctional or detention facility:
(a) during or after an arrest for a criminal offense;
(b) while the person is incarcerated in or being transported to or from a state prison or a county, city, or regional jail or detention facility; or
(c) if the person is a minor, while the youth is detained in or being transported to or from a county, city, or regional jail or detention facility or a youth detention facility, secure detention facility, regional detention facility, short-term detention center, state youth correctional facility, or shelter care facility.
(2) A person convicted of the offense of assault with a bodily fluid shall be fined an amount not to exceed $1,000 or incarcerated in a county jail or a state prison for a term not to exceed 1 year, or both.
(3) The youth court has jurisdiction of any violation of this section by a minor, unless the charge is filed in district court, in which case the district court has jurisdiction.
(4) As used in this section, "bodily fluid" means any bodily secretion, including but not limited to feces, urine, blood, and saliva.
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