STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1167

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015

 

RE:   S.B. No. 982

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 982, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MEDICAL AMNESTY,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to provide limited immunity from liquor, controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia possession charges when an individual calls for medical assistance during an alcohol or drug-related overdose emergency.  

 

     The Department of Health, Community Alliance on Prisons, Community Health Outreach Work, Drug Policy Action Group, Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, Hawaii College of Emergency Physicians, Hawaii Medical Association, and many individuals supported this measure.  An individual commented on this measure.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

     (1)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2112, to encourage further discussion; and

 

     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 982, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 982, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

 

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DELLA AU BELATTI, Chair