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Missouri lawmakers OK bill to punish patients who spit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that would charge sexually violent predators in state custody with additional crimes if they spit or urinate on mental health workers.

The House passed the bill 156-0 on Thursday, sending it to the governor. The Senate had passed it earlier.

Under the bill, violent sexual predators who knowingly cause workers to be in contact with various bodily fluids would be charged with a felony. The crime would carry maximum penalties of 4 years in prison or a $5,000 fine.

If the offender is infected with HIV or hepatitis B or C, the maximum prison term would be seven years.

Mental Health bill is SB774

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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