From the Morning Memo:

Western New York Republican Chris Jacobs is the latest lawmaker to propose legislation meant to stop people from throwing water on police officers.

The state senator’s bill would make it a felony to throw or spray water, or any other substance, on an on-duty officer. The proposed punishment is up to 4 years in prison.

The proposal comes after last week’s incident, recorded on video, of people in New York City soaking law enforcement with water. Jacobs said when these types of situations “go viral” they can elicit copy-cat scenarios.

“Right now, it’s water, next it could be something far more serious,” Jacobs said.

“We need to show our law enforcement personnel that they have our support while they are putting their lives on the line every day, and we need to send a message that citizens are expected to show respect to the people protecting them. If tougher laws are required to do that, then so be it.”

Jacobs said his legislation is modeled on the proposal from Long Island Assemblyman Michael LiPetri. Along with another downstate Republican Assemblyman, Michael Reilly, LiPetri introduced his bill Wednesday.

Jacobs is, of course, not from the NYC area but he said he’s seen a growing disrespect from lawmakers for officers.

“If our elected leaders are not showing respect for law enforcement, the people they represent will soon follow, and we’re now seeing the negative consequences of that,” he said.

Jacobs is running for Congress in New York’s 27th Congressional District.