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SB 1701 - Legal Immunity for Individuals Seeking Treatment for Drug Overdose - Key Vote

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Sidney Mathias voted Nay (Passage With Amendment) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Legal Immunity for Individuals Seeking Treatment for Drug Overdose

Signed by Governor Pat Quinn
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (54-0) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (61-53) - (Key vote)

Title: Legal Immunity for Individuals Seeking Treatment for Drug Overdose

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes criminal immunity for those who seek medical assistance for a drug overdose.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes immunity from prosecution for a Class 3 or 4 felony drug possession when an individual seeks emergency medical assistance for themselves or another individual experiencing a drug “overdose” and is in possession of a controlled substance which includes, but is not limited to, the following (Sec. 5):
    • Less than 1 gram of methamphetamine or a substance containing methamphetamine;
    • Less than 3 grams of a substance containing either:
      • Heroin;
      • Cocaine;
      • Morphine; or
      • Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD);
    • Less than 40 grams of a substance containing peyote or amphetamine; or
    • Less than 40 grams of a substance classified as a Schedule I or II narcotic drug.
  • Defines an “overdose” as a substance-induced physiological event that results in a life-threatening emergency to the individual who took a controlled substance (Sec. 5).      
  • Exempts from the provisions of this bill any individual that is arrested or searched by a law enforcement officer who has “reasonable suspicion” or “probable cause” based on information obtained prior to or independent of the individual’s request for emergency medical assistance for a drug overdose (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes the review of prison sentences that include a defendant who sought emergency medical assistance for a drug overdose and was convicted of a Class 2 or 3 felony related to methamphetamines (Sec. 15).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (57-0) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Legal Immunity for Individuals Seeking Treatment for Drug Overdose

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