Below is a letter that was sent to Governor Markell in response to his veto of House Bill 130. As I stated in an earlier post, the Governor did not give me any indication that he had any intentions of vetoing House Bill 130. The first time I knew he had issues with House Bill 130 was when I received the call from his office stating the Governor was vetoing it. Click here to read his veto statement.
This bill creates a felony level offense for a person that is a health professional and in the course of providing professional health services to the victim, intentionally has sexual contact with the victim. This bill adds to the existing crime of unlawful sexual contact in the second degree and makes the conduct described therein as a felony offense, rather than a misdemeanor, due to the vulnerability of the victim as a patient seeking services from a health professional.