Workplace Violence Bill Passed Both the Public Safety and Appropriations Committee
SB 1290 Passed Both the Public Safety and Appropriations Committee
The Senate Loved Hearing From YOU!
Thank you for coming to the Capitol and for your calls to Senators regarding SB 1290. We asked and you responded!!! Wow! Senator Weaver was so pleased with the turn out on Monday and Wednesday. You made a difference in helping Senators to understand the abuse nurses and other health care providers face while taking care of patients.
We aren’t done yet; it now heads to the entire Senate. Please keep talking to your Senators about SB 1290. We will keep you posted on when this is scheduled to be heard. Unfortunately, we don’t always have a lot of notice, but as soon as we know, we will let you know.
SB 1290 is intended to take steps to address the very serious violence that has infiltrated the healthcare arena. The language in this bill was developed from Senator Weaver’s recent Interim Study on Violence in the Health Care Workplace.
WHAT SB 1290 ACCOMPLISHES:
- Expands Oklahoma’s existing First Responder and Emergency Room assault law to include protections relating to assaults uponall health care workers.
- Increases the penalty for assault to protect health care workers on the job. For any aggravated assaultor assault with a deadly weapon, the bill corrects the upside down old law that would allow not more than a single year, changing the felony penalty to a range of 2 – 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000, allowing for prosecutorial or judicial discretion, based upon various important mitigating circumstances. It maintains the existing penalty for simple assault as a Felony with imprisonment not to exceed 2 years and a fine up to $1000.
- Requires that all hospitals, clinics and ambulance services post signs stating: “WARNING: ASSAULTING A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL WHO IS ENGAGED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER OFFICIAL DUTIES IS A SERIOUS CRIME.”
- Requires reporting of all assaults to the State Department of Health on an annual basis
Please ask your Senator to Support SB1290
and STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST HEALTHCARE WORKERS!