Ohio Senate OKs tougher penalty for nurse assault - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Ohio Senate OKs tougher penalty for nurse assault

Posted: Updated:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A bill increasing penalties for hurting a nurse or other health care worker on the job has unanimously cleared the Ohio Senate.

The measure imposes penalties as serious as fifth-degree felonies for assault of an on-duty nurse, health care professional or hospital security officer. It cleared the Senate unanimously Tuesday.

Ohio law provides for tougher penalties for assaults in certain circumstances, including attacks against workers at correctional facilities and people providing emergency medical services. However, those who assaulted nurses and other health care workers had not previously faced the stiffer punishments.

Through a last-minute amendment, judges and certain other court personnel also were added to the list, sending the bill back to the House.

Nurse assault has been a growing problem, both in Ohio and nationally.

  • RegionalMore>>

  • Ohio State University fires marching band director

    Ohio State University fires marching band director

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:00:01 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade.
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade.
  • Insurers owe more than $1.2M in refunds in Ohio

    Insurers owe more than $1.2M in refunds in Ohio

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:12:33 GMT
    Federal officials say around 35,000 Ohioans will benefit from more than $1.2 million in refunds from insurance companies because of a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.
    Federal officials say around 35,000 Ohioans will benefit from more than $1.2 million in refunds from insurance companies because of a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.
  • Biden urges infrastructure, job training in Ohio

    Biden urges infrastructure, job training in Ohio

    Vice President Joe Biden will speak to another major civil rights organization - this time in Cincinnati - and Republican leaders are around to offer counterpoints.
    Vice President Joe Biden says investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.