House Bill 1064 deals with chemical reagents and precursors. It adds ammonium chloride, potassium iodide, and calcium chloride to the list of chemical substances and precursors that are used for the purpose of criminal laws concerning unlawful possession or sale of methamphetamines. All of these chemicals are salts and if and individual is found with 2 or more chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamines it will be categorized as a Class D felony. House Bill 1064 passed out of the Committee on Courts and Criminal Code 10-0, and when I presented the bill to the House of Representatives it passed 91-1.
Another bill I would like to highlight is House Bill 1151. The bill creates the Blue alert program, which would notify the public when a law enforcement officer is killed, seriously injured, or missing in the line of duty. The Indiana State Police Department will operate the program, which is based on the Amber and Silver alert system. Currently, 15 states already have a Blue alert system and I am proud to say the bill passed out of the House on February 5 with a vote of 98-0.
The final bill I am a co-author of is House Bill 1111 which details the practice of tactical emergency medicine. This practice of medicine is deﬁned as both emergent and non-emergent care provided to victims of illness or injury related to law enforcement or military operations, often in a hostile environment. The bill would allow an individual to practice tactical emergency medicine if the individual: (1) is an emergency medical technician, an advanced emergency medical technician, or a paramedic; (2) is employed by a law enforcement agency or an emergency medical services agency to provide retrieval and field medical treatment to victims of violent confrontations; and (3) has successfully completed an accredited educational training program in tactical emergency medicine.
The bill also requires that a law enforcement agency or an emergency medical services agency that allows a person to practice tactical medicine must be certified. It’s important we give our first responders ease of mind in the most dire of circumstances. House Bill 1111 will enable those that are trained in tactical medicine to respond immediately with life saving measures in hostile situations. The bill was passed out of the House on January 28 with a vote 97-0.
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