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Published on Friday, January 17, 2014

Bill intended to prevent assaults at hospitals could be costly for cities

SB 5968 would require a police escort for persons suspected of or convicted of a serious violent offense if that person is brought to the hospital by an officer. The officer would need to monitor or accompany the individual at all times, as directed by the attending physician.

Cost concerns for cities include not only the expense of the officer to be at the hospital, but potential liability exposure. The bill states that the hospital may not be billed for the cost of having the officer present.

AWC has met with the proponents of the bill to discuss possible alternatives that would still address safety concerns.

SB 5968 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Law and Justice Committee January 20 at 1:30pm. AWC will be opposing the bill as currently written.

Categories: Law & justice