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Animal control officers could get more legal protection

Date: February 17, 2014
By: Jeffrey Militzer
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1577

An animal control officer urged a House committee to pass a measure that would increase animal control's legal protection from attackers on the job.
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Wrap: Animal Control Officer Gary Vande Velde testified about the need for the penalty change.

Attacking animal control officers will get the same penalty as one would get for attacking police if the measure passes.

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Description: "We'd like this bill to pass so maybe it would discourage people from coming after us and there would be consequences if they do."

Jackson County Republican Representative Sheila Solon is sponsoring the bill.

The committee took no immediate action on the bill.

Attacking animal control officers would get the same penalty for attacking police under a measure presented to the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee Monday.
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Wrap: Attacking animal control officers would earn you a larger sentence under a House measure heard by a public safety committee.

An animal control officer spoke for the measure, saying it is needed by people in that profession.

St. Charles Republican Representative Kathie Conway disagrees with the need for the measure.

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Description: "I'm afraid we're diluting the law to a point where it just doesn't have meaning anymore. I think it was Representative Marshall who, a year ago, said 'let's just list the people that aren't covered: lawyers and legislators, and move on from there."

The committee took no immediate action on the bill.

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