Battery involves criminal physical contact which causes injury. The battery statute previously provided for an enhanced penalty where the victim was a person 65 years of age or older.
The new law removes the old subsection(j) and replaces it with two different subsections.
Where a person is an employee, agent or volunteer at a long-term care facility, an assisted living community, a personal care home, or a home health or hospice care service, and commits a battery against a person receiving services of that business, that person shall be punished as a felony with a sentence of 1-5 years or a fine of not more than $2,000 or both.
It also adds what might be called the little league umpire protection act. If the victim is a sports official officiating an amateur contest or entering or exiting the property where such officiating will occur, then the punishment becomes a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. This applies whether the contest is at the collegiate, elementary or secondary school or recreational level.
2019-2020 Georgia HB 247
OCGA 16-5-23.1; OCGA 16-5-100