The committee was called back to order after a brief recess.
Senators Martinez Humenik and Priola, co prime sponsors, explained SB18-199, concerning increasing the penalty for assault on a peace officer. Senator Martinez Humenik provided an overview of current law and penalties and emphasized that there needs to be a higher level of respect for peace officers.
Senator Priola provided statistics about the increase in police officer assaults. He made statements in support of the bill and peace officers in general.
Discussion followed regarding deterrence and whether increased penalties prevent crime. The committee also asked questions about the fiscal note and made comparisons between current law and the bill. Concerns were raised about third degree assault penalties and underlying circumstances.