Monday, Maine House Democrats voted against a pair of bills that would have better protected our law enforcement officers and first responder, opting instead to side with criminals. The following bills were struck down by Maine House Democrats:
- LD 1512 “An Act To Protect the Health and Safety of First Responders” which makes it a crime for a person, knowing the person is infected with an aggressive blood-borne pathogen, to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause any of the person’s body fluids to be exposed to a first responder while the first responder is performing official duties. The bill also requires a person who has exposed that person’s body fluids to a first responder to submit to a blood-borne pathogen test to test for aggressive blood-borne pathogens to give the first responder.
- LD 1014 “An Act To Require A Person To Notify Law Enforcement Officers of the Possession of a Hypodermic Needle” Class D crime of failure to inform a law enforcement officer of a hypodermic apparatus if the person in fact has a hypodermic apparatus in possession on the person’s body and the person in fact fails to inform a law enforcement officer that the person is in possession of a hypodermic apparatus on the person’s body during the course of any arrest of the person.
“You’re either siding with law enforcement or you’re siding with the criminals,” said Rep. Matt Harrington of Springvale, who is also a police officer, said while addressing the House regarding the importance of these bills.