The bill amends Section 11-42-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-42, which is entitled "Threats and Extortion," specifically focusing on threats to public officials. The amendment includes new language that expands the definition of a "public official" to encompass a broader range of individuals, particularly within the educational sector. The insertion specifies that school superintendents, central office officials, school principals, and all other school employees are now considered public officials for the purposes of this law. This expansion aims to provide these individuals with the same protections against threats that are related to their public duties or status.

The bill also clarifies the penalties for knowingly and willfully delivering or conveying threats to public officials or their immediate family members, which can result in a felony charge with imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of up to five thousand dollars, or both. The definition of "immediate family" is also provided, referring to the spouse and children of the public official. The act is set to take effect upon passage, indicating that the changes will be implemented immediately once the bill is enacted.

Statutes affected:
7303: 11-42-4