The bill includes language from House Bill 258, which related to the use of a firearm in aggravated assault, and from Senate Bill 154, which imposed civil fines on such actions.
Public Safety Committee Chairman Tyler Harper said the bill was updated "to make sure it's clear we're referring to individuals who willfully and knowingly" take aggressive action against officers. "That is the intent of the law," Harper said.
Civil rights groups took offense to a section of the bill that targeted individuals who blocked public passages, such as highways, streets and sidewalks.
Committee members removed that section to Harper’s objection, but he said he was still “good with the underlying bill.”
The bill, which passed 49-3, now moves to the Governor’s desk.