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H.B. 391





Chief Sponsor: Carol Spackman Moss

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Criminal Code to impose a penalty for a person who fails to seek
             10      or provide assistance when another person appears to be seriously affected by a
             11      controlled substance.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    provides that if a person is in the presence of an individual who reasonably appears
             15      to be at risk of death or serious bodily injury due to ingestion of a controlled
             16      substance, gas, or inhalant, it is a criminal offense to fail to seek or provide
             17      treatment to mitigate or attempt to mitigate the apparent effects; and
             18          .    provides that the failure to act is a class B misdemeanor.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      ENACTS:
             25          76-5-112.3, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 76-5-112.3 is enacted to read:
             29          76-5-112.3. Reckless neglect -- Penalty.
             30          (1) A person commits reckless neglect if, under circumstances not amounting to a
             31      felony offense:
             32          (a) the person is in the presence of a second person whom the person knows or has
             33      reason to know has ingested a controlled substance, gas, or inhalant, and the second person is
             34      in physical condition that a reasonable person would perceive as creating a substantial risk of
             35      death or serious bodily injury, as exhibited by physical symptoms such as intoxication,
             36      unconsciousness, euphoria, dizziness, stupor, or inability to move; and
             37          (b) the person fails to make reasonable efforts to obtain or provide emergency medical
             38      assistance for the second party to mitigate or attempt to mitigate the apparent effects of the
             39      controlled substance, gas, or inhalant.
             40          (2) Reckless neglect is a class B misdemeanor.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-6-06 1:51 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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