Whereas, the deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to protect public and health care workers from being inhibited in their duties due to assault and battery, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for immediate preservation of public convenience.
Sections 13D and 13I of Chapter 265 of the General Laws, are hereby amended by inserting after the final sentence in each section, the following sentence:
Any officer authorized to make arrests may arrest without a warrant any person who he has probable cause to believe has committed the above offense and may keep said person in custody for not more than twenty-four hours, or until the next sitting of the court, during which period the officer shall seek the issuance of a complaint and request a bail determination.
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