Authors: Senator James Merritt, Senator Randall Head
Co-authors: Senator Lonnie Randolph
Sponsors: Representative Jud McMillin
Co-Sponsors: Representative Randall Frye, Representative Christina Hale, Representative P Eric Turner, Representative Linda Lawson
Provides that a person is immune from arrest or prosecution for certain alcohol offenses if the arrest or prosecution is due to the person: (1) reporting a medical emergency; (2) being the victim of a sex offense; or (3) witnessing and reporting what the person believes to be a crime. (Current law provides immunity from arrest or prosecution only if the person reports a medical emergency that is due to alcohol consumption.) Establishes a mitigating circumstance for the sentencing of a person convicted of a controlled substance offense if the person's arrest or prosecution was facilitated in part because the person requested emergency medical assistance for an individual in need of medical assistance due to the use of alcohol or a controlled substance. Allows a court to defer entering a judgment of conviction for an individual arrested for an alcohol offense if the individual was arrested after a report that the person needed medical assistance due to the use of alcohol if certain conditions are met. Allows an advanced emergency medical technician, an emergency medical responder, an emergency medical technician, a firefighter or volunteer firefighter, a law enforcement officer, or a paramedic to administer an overdose intervention drug to a person suffering from an overdose. Allows certain health care providers to prescribe, and a pharmacist to dispense, an overdose intervention drug for an advanced emergency medical technician, an emergency medical responder, an emergency medical technician, a fire department or volunteer fire department, a law enforcement agency, or a paramedic. Requires the commission on improving the status of children in Indiana to study and evaluate: (1) crimes of sexual violence against children; and (2) the impact of social media, wireless communications, digital media, and new technology on crimes against children. Requires the state department of health or the office of women's health to conduct a study to determine the number of persons who are the victims of crimes of domestic or sexual violence, the reasons why these crimes are underreported, best practices to improve reporting, and the most effective means to connect victims with appropriate treatment services. Establishes a framework for the study, and permits the department of health or the office of women's health to contract with a third party to conduct the study. Urges the legislative council to assign to the appropriate study committee during the 2014 interim the task of studying the causes of violence and violent crime in Indiana.