Bill to expand Maine’s Good Samaritan law sent to governor

Published: Apr. 20, 2022 at 11:11 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has given final approval to a bill to expand a law that shields people who report drug overdoses.

But the governor immediately asked lawmakers to take it back for revisions, under threat of veto.

Supporters said the so-called Good Samaritan law needed to be expanded as the state grapples with an epidemic of fatal overdoses.

The original law grants immunity to a person who overdoses and to the person who dials 911.

The expanded bill would provide immunity to everyone at the scene.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, a former prosecutor, said the bill was too broad but said there’s room for compromise.

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