- 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.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide