Committee approves bill to increase penalties for attacking police officers
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SANTA FE, N.M. – This weekend, state lawmakers voted to advance a bill that would increase penalties for attacks on police officers.
House Bill 155 would move aggravated battery on a peace officer from a third-degree to a second-degree felony.
The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee approved HB 155 Saturday. It would mean people who commit a serious attack on a police officer would be looking at nine years in prison instead of three.
HB 155 will now move on to the House Judiciary Committee.