INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 26, 2014) – The Indiana House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a revised version of the Lifeline Law.
Senate Bill 227 passed 96-0 in Wednesday’s vote. The bill expands Indiana’s Lifeline Law by giving legal protection to minors who are under the influence of alcohol when they call to report a medical emergency or crime. It would also allow first-responders to administer Naloxone and similar medical treatments that counteract the effects of a drug overdose.
State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, who authored the bill, said the measure is intended to make sure teenagers know they can get help even when they’ve made a mistake.
A House committee amended the bill to include comprehensive study of sexual violence in Indiana. State agencies would investigate how many people fall victim to domestic or sexual violence and explore why such crimes are under-reported.
The bill now heads back to the Senate, since changes were made in the House.