Amend the bill by striking out everything after the title and before the emergency clause and inserting the following:
‘Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, this legislation needs to take effect before the expiration of the 90-day period because the number of drug overdoses and ensuing deaths is on the rise; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA c. 556-A is enacted to read:
This amendment is the minority report of the committee. This amendment clarifies language in the emergency preamble. This amendment retains the provision of the bill that defines "opioid antagonist." This amendment provides that emergency medical personnel may, in accordance with policies applicable to the performance of their duties, administer opioid antagonists in accordance with the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, chapter 2-B. This amendment authorizes law enforcement officers in accordance with policies adopted by a law enforcement agency and municipal firefighters in accordance with policies adopted by a municipality to administer intranasal opioid antagonists. This amendment strikes provisions of the bill pertaining to grants for drug overdose education projects, an annual report on unintentional drug overdose fatalities in the State, immunity for prescribing, possessing and administering opioid antagonists, Medicaid coverage for opioid antagonists, pharmacy licensure and collaborative practice.