HARRISBURG – The PA House approved legislation to protect police officers from being assaulted by bodily fluids. House Bill 103 would make it a criminal offense for an officer to be assaulted with bodily fluids and provide a stricter penalty for people who have an infectious disease and are convicted of assaulting an officer with bodily fluids. The bill outlines that an assault with bodily fluids must be deliberate, rather than a case of accidental spitting that could occur during a heated exchange. If the bill becomes law, the offense would be a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine; and an enhanced third-degree felony, which includes up to seven years in jail and up to a $15,000 fine, if the person knows or has reason to know they have an infectious disease. The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.