Overdoses; arrest and prosecution when experiencing or reporting. (SB639)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Arrest and prosecution when experiencing or reporting overdoses. Clarifies that the immunity afforded to the seeking of emergency help for an overdose also applies to a show cause order. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/17/2022Presented and ordered printed 22103752D
01/17/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB639)
02/09/2022Reported from Judiciary with amendments (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Read second time
02/11/2022Reading of amendments waived
02/11/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/11/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended SB639E
02/11/2022Printed as engrossed 22103752D-E
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB639E)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
03/01/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
03/02/2022Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)
03/08/2022Left in Courts of Justice


Robert Legge writes:

Not enough. Police should not even be around. They largely keep people from calling. And it needs to cover the person who may have supplied the drugs. Look to Vermont's GS law or what is being presented to the Maine legislature now.

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