Bill makes it felony to threaten, attack health care worker
February 23, 2022 12:00PM CST
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It would be a felony to physically attack or threaten a health care worker under a bill the Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to approve.
The proposal with bipartisan support creates the new felony crime of battery against a person who is a health care provider.
It expands current law that makes it a felony to commit battery against a nurse, an emergency medical care provider or a person who is working in an emergency department.
Health care providers told stories at a public hearing earlier this month about times where patients have threatened doctors and others who were attempting to provide them care.