Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Bodily Fluids Bill
May 6, 2011
In a 35-5 vote, lawmakers in Nebraska this week gave first-round approval to a bill creating specific criminal penalties for anyone who strikes a peace office -- including jail personnel, probation officers, and others -- with a bodily fluid. The offense would be a misdemeanor; however, prosecutors could raise the charge to a felony if the accused knew the fluid was infected with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C and the fluid struck the officers mouth, eyes or skin. The bill is LB 226.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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