HB 1743

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Eric Johnson

Bill Caption

Relating to the prosecution of certain offenses involving controlled substances and other prohibited drugs, substances, or paraphernalia.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication is anticipated on the State or local government.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 1743 would provide a legal defense against low-level controlled substance offenses such as possession of two ounces or less of marijuana if an individual calls 9-1-1 for a drug overdose of another person.

Analysis: HB 1743 promotes personal responsibility by incentivizing a person to call authorities when another person is overdosing on drugs. However this allows a person to escape personal responsibility by allowing the person who calls 9-1-1 to use that fact as a defense against prosecution for minor drug possession.  We are neutral on this legislation.