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Relating to testing certain defendants or confined persons for communicable diseases.
Communicable diseases often thrive in enclosed spaces such as correctional facilities. This bill is a small step in the right direction towards helping one class of people within the walls against infectious diseases. However, it would be better if this bill considered preserving the liberty of all the people associated with correctional facilities -- including those who are confined. We support HB 1595 for safeguarding magistrates and employees of correctional facilities, which is a legitimate function of responsible government. However, we urge the legislature to consider the health and well-being of those confined in correctional facilities as well.