Rep. Rick Becker, a Republican of Bismarck, gave what I thought was a particularly eloquent speech in favor of the bill on the House floor before it failed.
This session similar legislation – introduced by Senator Howard Anderson (R-Turtle Lake) and co-sponsored in the House by Becker – has done much better.
Here’s what SB2070 does:
Interestingly, the legislation does not address alcohol overdoses specifically, which is strange as it seemed the House found that much more palatable than immunity for drug overdoses in 2013, but whatever.
This is a move in the right direction. We shouldn’t be prioritizing arrests for petty drug crimes over people’s lives. The bill passed the House with flying colors on a 92-1 vote, with Rep. Vernon Laning (R-Bismarck) casting the only “no” vote.