- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - State representatives have endorsed a bill to exempt from minor-in-possession tickets any intoxicated people under age 21 who seek medical treatment for themselves or others.

Members of the Montana House of Representatives voted 86-14 on Thursday in favor of House Bill 412 by Republican Rep. Daniel Zolnikov of Billings. It faces a third reading vote before moving on to the Senate.

The Good Samaritan proposal would protect intoxicated minors who take themselves or a drunk underage friend to a hospital.

Zolnikov says some young people risk the safety of their friends in order to avoid getting in trouble.

In response to opponents, Zolnikov says the proposal does not condone underage drinking, but would prioritize safety over MIP laws during medical emergencies.

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