Aug. 20, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Authorizes Temporary Immunity for Witnesses and Victims of a Drug Overdose
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that authorizes temporary immunity for witnesses and victims of a drug overdose.
Authorizes an individual who seeks medical assistance “in good faith” for an individual experiencing a drug overdose to receive legal immunity for certain drug related offenses including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 2):
Possession, use, or attempt to obtain a controlled substance;
Possession, use, or attempt to obtain a “controlled substance analog”;
Possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia or needles;
Possession or inhalation of fumes of any toxic chemical; or
Being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Requires the act of seeking medical assistance for an individual experiencing a drug overdose be considered a mitigating factor in a criminal prosecution for other drug-related offenses that are not granted legal immunity by the provisions of this bill (Sec. 6).
Authorizes an individual who seeks medical assistance for a drug overdose victim to have an affirmative defense in a criminal prosecution for a violation that made the individual strictly liable for a drug-induced death (Sec. 7).