Overview: S.L. 2019-228 changes the penalty level for the following offenses: assaulting a law enforcement officer, probation officer, or parole officer with a firearm is increased from a Class E to a Class D felony; assaulting emergency personnel causing serious bodily injury or using a deadly weapon is increased from a Class H to a Class G felony; and assaulting emergency personnel with a firearm is increased from a Class F to Class E felony.
These changes became effective December 1, 2019, and apply to offenses committed on or after that date.
The act also provides a new death benefit of $100,000 for public safety employees murdered in the line of duty.
This provision will become effective upon appropriation of funds for its implementation, and will apply to qualifying deaths occurring on or after July 1, 2016.
In addition, the act makes a technical change to a related death benefit provision, retroactively effective April 1, 2017, and applicable to qualifying deaths occurring on or after that date.