Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Following is my speech on the House Floor in support of my House Bill 343 that establishes minimum penalties for assault of anyone with bodily fluids:

Mr. Speaker,

This bill provides increased sentences for those who would throw blood, semen, urine, saliva, mucus, vomitus, feces - bodily fluids - use your imagination - against any of us, but especially against law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, and first responders – all of whom are on the front lines of public safety for every one of us.

Currently, most assaults with bodily fluids can be charged only as a Class B misdemeanor, with a penalty no different than the penalty for shoplifting lip gloss, or writing a bad check for $25 bucks. HB343 increases the penalty for the disgusting and dangerous act of throwing bodily fluids from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A, and mandates a minimum 60 day imprisonment if the bodily fluids are thrown at law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and other emergency responders.

Inmate assault of officers with bodily fluids is a problem that needs to be addressed. Twenty-six states have enacted laws to help address the problem, and 19 states classify these assaults as a felony

PENALTIES: Against anyone: From imprisonment from 0 to 90 day, to imprisonment from 0 to 1 Year. Against Law Enforcement: Increases imprisonment from 0 to 60 days, to imprisonment from 60 days to 1 year

If it were practical, I’d keep these creeps in jail and throw the key away. However, the legal people tell me that increasing this particular offensive behavior to a felony, doesn’t fit a felony as well as it fits a Class A misdemeanor – so I took their advice. If you can’t trust attorneys, whom can you trust???

The bottom line is, any increase in penalty for assault with bodily fluids of anyone is a step in the right direction. Public safety people deserve our help, and I ask for your “yes” vote on this bill.

NOTE: Bill passed the House on a vote of
35 Yes, 3 Excused, 2 Absent


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