The so-called “Blue Lives Matter” bill, which will be introduced in January by Republican State Representative David Steffen, is similar to Louisiana’s bill–the first state to pass such a law.
It would allow prosecutors to seek stronger punishments against those who specifically target police, firefighters, and EMS crew because of their profession. If passed, a violation could result in an additional five years of prison time, and up to $5,000 in added fines.
“I hope that folks will be open-minded about this bill,” Rep. Steffen says, “and fully understand that there is not any effort to downplay, or diminish, anything else that’s going on.”
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