What’s Behind the Blocking of the DCFS Worker Protection Act ?

State Capitol – Rep Tony McCombie (R) is joined by the husband of a murdered DCFS case worker, as she talks about her bill that is stalled in the Senate after passing the House. The bill would establish DCFS workers with the same legal protections as a police officer who is attacked in the performance of their duties.

HB-1482 Provides that a person also commits aggravated battery when, in committing a battery, other than by the discharge of a firearm, he or she knowingly causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to an individual whom the person knows to be a person working under the Adult Protective Services Program or an Ombudsman under the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program of the Department on Aging, Department of Children and Family Services employee: (1) performing his or her official duties; (2) battered to prevent performance of his or her official duties; or (3) battered in retaliation for performing his or her official duties. Provides that a violation is a Class 1 felony.

McCombie says this does NOT apply to minor children who might try to hit a case worker, and if any Senator is blocking the bill due to that concern, then such specific language can be added. McCombie says she thinks political objections, not the merits of the bill are behind it not being assigned to a committee in the Senate, and she implores the Governor to help move the bill to passage.

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