Neb. Paramedic Assault Bill Headed to Final Vote

ambulance(AP) — Assaulting a firefighter, paramedic, or social worker could carry a stiffer penalty under a bill headed to a final vote in the Nebraska Legislature.

Lawmakers on Wednesday gave second-round approval to the legislation by state Sen. Steve Lathrop. The bill would impose the same potential penalties as the crime of assault on a police officer.

Lathrop says the bill seeks to protect professionals who are sometimes attacked by people they’re trying to help. It would apply to firefighters, out-of-hospital care workers and employees of state corrections and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

The vote followed a filibuster led by Sen. Ernie Chambers, who argues that the law shouldn’t treat assault victims differently because of their profession.