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Bill would make assaulting a healthcare worker a felony

Madison (WQOW) - Passing through the state Assembly on Tuesday was a bill to strengthen penalties for those who harm healthcare workers.

A survey conducted in 2017 found 65% of registered nurses experienced or witnessed workplace violence over a one-year span.

The bill boosts the penalty for intentionally hurting a nurse or healthcare worker from a misdemeanor to a Class H felony, punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to six years in prison.

The bill still needs approval in the state Senate before it goes to the governor.

The state already extends that elevated penalty to people in certain professions including firefighters and jurors.

The bill has support from the Wisconsin Nurses Association.

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