Evers signs bill outlawing threats to health care workers

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Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 12:58 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2022 at 5:21 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that makes threatening a health care worker a felony.

The bill makes it a felony punishable by up six years in prison to threaten health care workers in their official capacity or their families in reaction to something that happened at health care facility.

Legislators drafted the measure in responses to stories from health care providers about patients threatening doctors and others who were trying to care for them.

Current state law makes it a felony to commit battery against a nurse, an emergency medical care provider or a person working in an emergency department.

“This pandemic has also underscored the importance of our healthcare workers and all they do to support our families, our communities, and a healthier state, and they deserve to be safe doing their life-saving work,” Evers said. “I’m glad to be signing these bills today that support our healthcare workers and access to healthcare across our state.”

Evers signed a second bill as well Wednesday that allows hospitals to provide services in a home setting, which is a continuation if a bill first established during the pandemic.

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