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Bill Increases Penalty for Assaulting Heath Care Professionals

The House has approved, 64-31, legislation that increases the penalty for assault when the victim is a health engaged in his or her professional duties.
The bill by Rep. JoAnn Favors, D-Chattanooga, was roundly criticized by some making health care providers a separate and special class of citizen. Favors and others noted that there is already a law making the punishment for assault on a law enforcement officer harsher than for others.
Favors, a nurse, said the bill (HB306) is needed because there has been an increase in workplace violence against doctors, nurses and other health care workers. Nevada has such a law, she said, and such attacks have declined since enactment.

Brown vs. Favors House District 28: Nothing Personal

Redistricting by the Legislature’s new Republican majority has forced Democratic Reps. Tommie Brown and Joann Favors to run against one another in House District 28, anchored in Chattanooga.
They and other candidates debated at a recent event, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
Favors said she doesn’t think of the race in terms of personal competition.
“I don’t consider myself running against, I consider myself running for the seat,” Favors said.
The two women took the same position on nearly all of the issues they debated. Both agreed that racial profiling exists and should be fought, that the current sales tax system is regressive, and that gun laws should be tightened but realistically, won’t be.
“It would take an act of God to get that [gun] legislation out,” Brown said. “I’m not going to introduce it, but I will vote for it.”
Neither said the redistricting at the state level was fair to African-Americans.
“We did not have any input in that,” Favors said. “I do feel that we were treated unfairly.”