Minors seeking alcohol poisoning help get amnesty under new Michigan legislation
Gov. Rick Snyder says removing fear of penalty can save lives
Minors seeking treatment for alcohol poisoning will receive medical amnesty under legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Snyder's office says in a statement that the law signed Tuesday covers minors seeking amnesty for themselves or someone else.
Individuals under 21 currently face misdemeanor charges for the purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol, which sometimes deters them from seeking medical attention
Snyder says ensuring youth safety is a "priority" and "removing the fear of penalty ... can help save lives."
Other bills also signed by Snyder include allowing citizens with concealed pistol licenses and specialized training to carry a Taser as a nonlethal form of self-protection, removing the sales tax exemption on prisoner-purchased items in correctional facilities, and legislation allowing faster implementation of a fee on heirloom birth certificates.