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Medical amnesty extension bill introduced

Amnesty for Idaho minors seeking treatment for alcohol-related injuries

Clayton King, Associated Student of University of Idaho Lobbyist, presenting to a House panel Feb. 7.

Credit: Kyle Pfannenstiel
Clayton King, Associated Student of University of Idaho Lobbyist, presenting to a House panel Feb. 7.



— An Idaho House panel introduced a bill Feb. 7 to permanently provide medical amnesty for Idaho minors seeking treatment for alcohol-related injuries.

Medical amnesty legislation was passed in 2016, but it had a sunset clause attached to it in the Senate. If the state does not approve the bill repealing the sunset clause, HB 531, the amnesty policy would end June 30, 2019.

Associated Students of the University of Idaho Lobbyist Clayton King presented his bill before the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee.

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“The main reason behind this is that we have seen at work on campus. Myself as a student — I’m a sophomore at the University of Idaho — I’ve seen it at work,” he said. “There’s outreach programs across the university for students who have experienced this and want to learn more about it.”

King also created a petition to gather support on the bill, which has 798 signatures as of Wednesday.

HB 531 must now go before a public hearing.

– Kyle Pfannenstiel covers the 2018 Idaho Legislature for the University of Idaho McClure Center for Public Policy Research.



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