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HF 34

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 01/13/2017 09:55am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; creating the Minnesota Public Safety Personnel Protection
Act; increasing penalties for obstructing emergency responders; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.50.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 609.50, is amended to read:


609.50 OBSTRUCTING LEGAL PROCESS, ARREST, new text beginEMERGENCY
RESPONSE,
new text endOR FIREFIGHTING.

Subdivision 1.

Crime.

Whoever deleted text beginintentionallydeleted text endnew text begin knowinglynew text end does any of the following may
be sentenced as provided in subdivision 2:

(1) obstructs, hinders, or prevents the lawful execution of any legal process, civil or
criminal, or apprehension of another on a charge or conviction of a criminal offense;

(2) obstructs, resists, or interferes with a peace officer new text beginor reserve officer new text endwhile the officer
is engaged in the performance of official duties;

(3) interferes with or obstructs a firefighter while the firefighter is engaged in the
performance of official duties;

(4) interferes with or obstructs a member of an ambulance service personnel crew, as
defined in section 144E.001, subdivision 3a, new text beginan emergency medical technician, as defined
in section 144E.001, subdivision 5c, a physician, or a nurse
new text endwho is providing, or attempting
to provide, emergency care; or

(5) by force or threat of force endeavors to obstruct any employee of the Department of
Revenue while the employee is lawfully engaged in the performance of official duties for
the purpose of deterring or interfering with the performance of those duties.

Subd. 2.

Penalty.

A person convicted of violating subdivision 1 deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin is guilty of a felony
and shall
new text end be sentenced as follows:

(1) if (i) the person knew or had reason to know that the act created a risk of death,
substantial bodily harm, or serious property damage; or (ii) the act caused death, substantial
bodily harm, or serious property damage; to imprisonment for not more than five years deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,
but no less than 24 months, and
new text end to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000deleted text begin, or bothdeleted text end;new text begin or
new text end

deleted text begin (2) if the act was accompanied by force or violence or the threat thereof, and is not
otherwise covered by clause (1), to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment
of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end in other cases, to imprisonment for not deleted text beginmore than 90 days ordeleted text endnew text begin less than 12 months
and
new text end to payment of a fine of not more than deleted text begin$1,000, or bothdeleted text endnew text begin $10,000new text end.

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Title. new text end

new text begin This section shall be cited as the "Minnesota Public Safety Personnel
Protection Act."
new text end