The Kansas Legislature on Thursday gave a new legal protection to health care workers, who have faced a rise in violence over the last decade that became exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill creates the crime of battery against a health care provider, which medical professionals said was a significant step toward addressing the issue although it didn't go as far as originally proposed.
"We are glad that the Legislature recognizes the importance of treating our state health care workers as they do other first responders when it comes to protecting them against illegal acts of violence . . .