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Lawmakers Consider Extension Of Expiring Good Samaritan Law

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Lawmakers vote tomorrow on a bill that expands legal immunity for people who call 9-1-1 if they witness an overdose. The so-called Good Samaritan law...

Lawmakers vote tomorrow on a bill that expands legal immunity for people who call 9-1-1 if they witness an overdose. The so-called Good Samaritan law will expire July 1st unless lawmakers vote to extend it.

Gov. Gina Raimondo says she is committed to preserving the law.       

"My focus as governor is to come up with a Good Samaritan law that we think is right and safe and encourages people to call 911 to save a life," Raimondo said.

The Senate voted to expand Good Samaritan law for people who may be violating parole. The House version restricts it to drug possession charges. Both extend the law for two years. Many members of the health care community, including the Rhode Island Medical Society, want lawmakers to make the law permanent and say it should cover more people.

Lawmakers Consider Extension Of Expiring Good Samaritan Law
Lawmakers Consider Extension Of Expiring Good Samaritan Law