- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island state Senate has voted to renew an expired good Samaritan bill protecting opioid users from prosecution if they call 911 to report an overdose.

Senators swiftly voted 35-1 to pass the bill Wednesday.

Former state Sen. Rhoda Perry, a Providence Democrat, sponsored the original good Samaritan law enacted in 2012. It expired in July after attempts to renew it failed in the last legislative session.

Senators paused to mourn Perry’s adult son who died in December after struggling with drug addiction.

Democratic Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said the bill is a compromise. Deleted was a controversial provision that would have given immunity to people found delivering or selling drugs.

The House plans to take up an identical bill in a committee hearing next week.

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