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Polis signs bill limiting the use of ketamine

The bill prevents law enforcement from directing or “unduly influencing” EMTs to administer the so-called chemical restraint as part of an arrest.

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday continued his run of bill signing by enshrining into state law an additional 13 measures approved by lawmakers during the legislative session, ranging from a crackdown on the use of ketamine to an effort to create a more user-friendly search engine to review agency rulemaking.

Polis administratively signed those 13 pieces of legislation after six bill signing ceremonies at Boettcher Mansion and an additional signing event in Evergreen for legislative efforts on health care, the criminal justice system and the environment.

> Video above from April: Bill to regulate ketamine during police calls introduced in Colorado House.

The most prominent measure from the baker’s dozen was House Bill 1251 from Reps. Yadira Caraveo, D-Thornton, and Leslie Herod, D-Denver, and Sens. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, and Julie Gonzales, D-Denver. The bill, inspired in part by the death of Elijah McClain while in the custody of the Aurora Police Department in 2019, prevents law enforcement from directing or “unduly influencing” EMTs to administer the so-called chemical restraint as part of an arrest. The bill also creates reporting requirements for officers who witness a colleague directing an EMT to administer the drug.

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