Supporting HB 1099 – Criminal Law – Second Degree Assault – Health Care Practitioners
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Thank you for your interest in supporting HB 1099 – Criminal Law – Second Degree Assault – Health Care Practitioners. This bill is essential to protecting our health care practitioners from violence in the workplace. The bill applies to second degree assault of any licensed or certified health care practitioner in the workplace. By raising the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony, this bill will give us an important tool to protect our health care practitioners.
Fifteen other states already have similar measures. This bill offers the opportunity to demonstrate our support for our health care practitioners who face the all-too-common occurrence of violence in the workplace.
Our hearing is March 6 at 1pm in the House Judiciary Committee. In preparing for the hearing, we would appreciate your help in:
- Identifying 1-2 individuals from your organization to testify about the impact of violence in health care settings. It is always helpful when individuals can testify about their personal experience;
- Generating letters, emails, and phone calls to the General Assembly, particularly members of the Judiciary Committee; and
- Submitting written testimony to the Judiciary Committee from your organization as well as individual health care practitioners who have personal stories to share.
Although we do have organizational support for this bill, there will be resistance from the Judiciary Committee. We want to work with you to make sure our panels for the bill are organized and have the most impact. Please contact John Padgett in my office by calling 410-841-3101 or Robyn Elliott, lobbyist for the Maryland Nurses Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or (443) 926-3443.
It is important that the individual committee members be contacted. Below you will find their names, the districts they live in, and their contact information.
Chairman Delegate Vallario (27A) email@example.com
Vice Chairman Delegate Dumais (15) firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Alston (24) email@example.com
Delegate Anderson (43) firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Arora (19) email@example.com
Delegate Carter (41) firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Clippinger (46) email@example.com
Delegate Cluster (8) firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Conway (40) email@example.com
Delegate Dwyer (31) firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Hough (38) email@example.com
Delegate Kelly (1B) firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Lee (16) email@example.com
Delegate McComas (35B) firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate McDermott (38B) email@example.com
Delegate Mitchell (44) firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Parrott (28) email@example.com
Delegate Simmons (17) firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Smigiel (36) email@example.com
Delegate Valderrama (26) firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Valentino-Smith (23A) email@example.com
Delegate Waldstreicher (18) firstname.lastname@example.org