Lawmaker wants to expand Indiana's lifeline law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ELKHART, Ind. The state senator who wrote Indiana's lifeline law that encourages underage drinkers to seek medical help for others who are dangerously intoxicated wants to expand it grant immunity to seek help for others under other circumstances.

Sen. Jim Merritt tells The Elkhart Truth he will introduce the expanded law in the 2014 General Assembly, calling it "a common-sense change." The law was passed last year with help from student leaders.

The Indianapolis Republican says the change is based on feedback he received while visiting college campuses with Attorney General Greg Zoeller to let students know about the law. He said some students were concerned that they would get in trouble for calling for help for a friend who had used drugs or if they were unsure why someone needed help.


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