Chapter 044
2015 -- S 0627
Enacted 05/21/2015

A N   A C T

Introduced By: Senators Lynch, Nesselbush, Lombardi, Archambault, and Conley
Date Introduced: March 05, 2015

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Section 11-42-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-42 entitled "Threats and
Extortion" is hereby amended to read as follows:
     11-42-4. Threats to public officials. -- (a) Whoever knowingly and willfully delivers or
conveys, directly or indirectly, a verbal or written threat to take the life of, or to inflict bodily
harm upon, a public official or a member of his or her immediate family because of the
performance or nonperformance of some public duty, duty; because of hostility of the person
making the threat toward the status or position of the public official, official; or because of some
other factor related to the official's public existence, shall be guilty of a felony and shall be
imprisoned for not more than five (5) years, or fined not more than five thousand dollars
($5,000), or both.
      (b) For purposes of this section:
      (1) "Public official" means a person who is elected or appointed to office in accordance
with the constitution, a statute, or a city or town charter, or who is a judge, magistrate, assistant
attorney general, special assistant attorney general, or law enforcement officer, or in the case of
an elective office office, any person who has filed the required documents for nomination or
election to that office or who is appointed by the governor to serve as the director or his or her
designee of a state department which that is established, established and the qualifications and
duties of which are prescribed by statute to discharge a public duty for the state of Rhode Island;
      (2) "Immediate family" means a public official's spouse, child, or children.
     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.