PA 13-111—HB 6407

General Law Committee

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSAULT OF A LIQUOR CONTROL AGENT

SUMMARY: This act makes assault of a liquor control agent a class C felony (see Table on Penalties), the same penalty as for assault of public safety, emergency medical, and public transit personnel, among others. A person commits this crime by assaulting a reasonably identifiable liquor control agent performing his or her duties, with intent to prevent the agent from performing them, by doing any of the following to the agent:

1. causing injury;

2. throwing objects capable of causing harm;

3. using tear gas, mace, or a similar harmful agent;

4. throwing paint, dye, or any other offensive substance; or

5. throwing bodily fluid, such as feces, blood, or saliva.

By law, people arrested for certain serious felonies must provide a blood or DNA sample before they are released from custody if the arrestee was previously convicted of a felony and has not already provided a blood or DNA sample. The act makes assaulting a liquor agent such a serious felony.

Prior law did not have the specific crime of assault of a liquor control agent. Generally, assaults are punishable, depending on the conduct, by penalties ranging from a class A misdemeanor to a class A felony.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013

BACKGROUND

Liquor Control Agents

Department of Consumer Protection liquor control agents conduct investigations and enforce the civil and licensing portions of the Liquor Control Act. In addition, agents provide training and assistance to local and state police officers on criminal aspects of liquor law enforcement.

OLR Tracking: DC: KM: PF: RO