Public Safety

Public safety is one of the most important necessities that government can provide to the citizens. Barbara understands that a citizen’s well-being and safety is of great importance and she has worked with legislators, police, and courts to ensure that needs are being met.
While working with State Treasurer Grossman, Barbara successfully advocated for numerous budgetary and supplemental appropriations to the Killed in the Line of Duty line item to ensure prompt payment to the families of our brave fallen police and firemen.

Bills Passed in 2009-2010

CORI Reform (Chapter 256 of the Acts of 2010)

  • Increases access to criminal background checks while ensuring, where appropriate, records are not arbitrarily used to deny employment opportunities
  • Information on all convictions for sex offenses, murder and manslaughter remain available for life and law enforcement will continue to have full access to CORI
  • Improved accuracy and faster response times will be achieved through a new Internet-based system required by the legislation
  • Work towards integrating CORI with national background checks (NCIC) for employees caring for elderly, disabled and children

ATV (Chapter 202 of the Acts of 2010)

  • Prohibits anyone under 14 years of age from operating an ATV
  • Imposes strict penalties upon those who ride ATV’s recklessly or negligently
  • Prohibits any person between the ages of 14 and 16 from operating an ATV with an engine capacity greater than 90 cubic centimeters
  • Dictates that those between the ages of 14 and 16 years can only operate an ATV under direct adult supervision
  • Imposes fines for operating an ATV under the influence of an intoxicating substance
  • Institutes fines, imprisonment – or both – for anyone operating an ATV recklessly or negligently and causing serious bodily injury to another individual
  • Anyone under the age of 18 would have to complete a recreation vehicle and responsibility course approved by the Director of the Office of Environmental Law Enforcement before operating an ATV
  • The parents or legal guardian of an operator under 16 must complete at least one session of the safety course
  • Protective headgear would also be required for those operating an ATV or riding an ATV
    Incorporates environmental safeguards by prohibiting ATV’s that emit noxious fumes or make unusual or excessive noise
  • Prohibits the operation of ATV’s in a manner that harasses or harms deer or other wildlife

Assault and Battery on Health Care Providers (Chapter 151 of the Acts of 2010)

  • Amends existing law to create enhanced penalties for the existing crimes of assault and assault and battery on an EMT or ambulance personnel acting in the line of duty, to include all health care providers, such as doctors, nurses and social workers
  • Mandates a minimum sentence of 90 days (up to 2.5 years) or a minimum fine of $500 (up to $5,000), but does not prohibit a suspended sentence

Accountability of Public Utility Companies (Chapter 133 of the Acts of 2009)

  • Required all public utilities companies to file emergency plans with the Department of Public Utilities to avoid future service restoration problems and increased oversight of public utilities in order to promote accountability and quality service.

Closes Messaging Loophole (Chapter 74 of the Acts of 2010)

  • Prohibits the dissemination of obscene materials to minors through “any electronic communication
  • Include instant messaging or other electronically transmitted text in the list of forms of communication that cannot be used to send obscene material to minor

Assault on Correctional Officers (Chapter 74 of the Acts of 2010)

  • Establishes punishment for the assault and battery of a correctional officer or employee of any jail with bodily fluids
  • Establishes sentencing guidelines of up to 15 years in state prison for instances of assault and battery with bodily fluids