Common sense proposed legislative amendment to underage drinking statutes to prevent the police from prosecuting “good Samaritan” who report scary underage drinking symptoms.
1. PLS REPORT from meetings on 3-17 House Judiciary Committee HB 871 O’Neill – (PN 984) Amends Title 18 (Crime & Offenses) adding language providing a person shall be immune from prosecution for consumption of liquor or malt or brewed beverages if he can establish the following: the sole means for law enforcement officers to became aware of the person’s violation is because the person placed a 911 call and reported that another person was in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption; the person was the first person to make a 911 call and report that a person needed medical assistance due to alcohol consumption; the person provided his own name to the 911 operator; and the person remained with the person needing medical assistance until emergency health care providers arrived and the need for his presence had ended. – The bill was unanimously reported as committed. Despite concern from a number of members about language referring to the “sole” caller being too narrow, the bill was reported out of the committee, with an assurance from Chairman Tom Caltagirone (D-Berks) that amendments will be drafted to the bill for consideration on the floor. HB 727 Youngblood – (PN 813) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) further providing for trademark counterfeiting by making a series of technical and substantive changes to the following provisions: presumption, penalties, forfeiture and restitution.