Medical amnesty bills introduced in Minn. Legislature

Cody Nelson

Medical amnesty legislation was introduced in the state Legislature on Monday.

The proposed bills would provide legal protection from charges relating to underage possession or consumption of alcohol for a person seeking assistance for themselves or another person.

Minnesota lawmakers in both the House and Senate gave the legislation its first reading on Monday and referred the bills to committee.

Various student associations, including the Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition, have been pushing for medical amnesty laws for months.

Matt Forstie, chairman of the MSLC, said the laws may be passed this session.

"We're in a really strong place right now," Forstie said. "We've got the right people signed on … we're still early enough where we can get the bill heard in the relevant committees before committee deadlines."