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Bill would protect underage drinkers who call for help

Associated Press • Jan 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

The Columbus Dispatch reported the bill would expand so-called “good Samaritan” protections to those younger than 21 in an effort to save lives. It would keep them from being prosecuted for underage drinking in certain situations.

Rep. Michael Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat, said the bill would extend similar protections given to students on some Ohio college campuses.

Stinziano said 19 states have enacted laws providing limited criminal immunity to those who seek emergency medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose.

He said a college student urged him to introduce a similar bill in Ohio.

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