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AB-172 Emergency departments: assaults and batteries.(2015-2016)

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Assembly:
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Veto
Bill Status
AB-172
Rodriguez (A)
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Emergency departments: assaults and batteries.
02/22/15
An act to add Section 1317.5a to the Health and Safety Code, and to amend Sections 241 and 243 of the Penal Code, relating to hospital emergency departments.
Assembly
09/11/15
09/01/15

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/15/16 Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
10/10/15 Vetoed by Governor.
09/17/15 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 11:30 a.m.
09/09/15 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 78. Noes 0. Page 3010.).
09/09/15 Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Page 2990.)
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 172 without my signature.

This bill would increase from six months to one year in county jail the maximum punishment for assault or battery of a healthcare worker inside an emergency department.

Emergency rooms are overcrowded and often chaotic. I have great respect for the work done by emergency room staff and I recognize the daunting challenges they face every day. If there were evidence that an additional six months in county jail (three months, once good-time credits are applied) would enhance the safety of these workers or serve as a deterrent, I would sign this bill. I doubt that it would do either.

We need to find more creative ways to protect the safety of these critical workers. This bill isn't the answer.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.