State lawmakers are used to hearing a lot of repetitive arguments on issues that come up every year, but they’ll start 2018 with several proposed new laws they’ve never considered before.
A LIMIT ON PAINKILLER PRESCRIPTIONS
Senate Bill 22 would take the fight against opioid drug addiction to a new level, limiting prescriptions of opioid drugs to a seven-day supply in most cases.
It comes amid an epidemic of opioid abuse that’s shifting from prescription drugs toward heroin.
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Doctors would be allowed to issue one seven-day refill, but would be required to check their patient’s information in a statewide database that was created to help stop people from stocking up on prescription painkillers.
In addition to curbing doctor shopping, the move would be meant to prevent more people from becoming addicts by experimenting with leftover pills.
The bill does make exceptions for people with chronic pain, cancer, post-op pain expected to last longer than 14 days, or are in hospice care.
There’s also an exception for drugs that are made to be “abuse deterrent.”
A DUTY TO CALL 911
Another bill would create a new type of good Samaritan law in Colorado-- a duty to call 911.
The people he was with didn't call the authorities until ten days later.
Eric's law would make that a crime, requiring you to call 911 or try to get help if someone needs it.
Failing to do so would be a felony if the person dies and a misdemeanor otherwise.
AN END TO HIDING PRISONERS
Victims of crime and their families are the focus of Senate Bill 14, which aims to end the practice of moving prisoners out-of-state in secret.
9Wants to Know documented more than a hundred cases in which the interstate corrections compact was used to move prisoners to new locations, without telling victims of their crimes where they were being held.
The bill, which has sponsors from both parties, would require notification to victims within 48 hours of a prisoner transfer.
The location could only be kept secret if the department of corrections declares a safety concern and the prosecutor agrees.
BUMP STOCK BAN
The Las Vegas shooting is the reason behind a bill to ban bump stocks, which are devices that make semi-automatic weapons fire like fully automatics.
We don't know how the politics might break on this one. At the moment, Senate Bill 51 to ban bump stocks has only Democrat for a sponsor.
While we've seen Republicans criticize bumps stocks on the national level, in Colorado the GOP wants to undo the 15-round magazine limit that Democrats passed back in 2013-- with bills to do that introduced already in both the state House and Senate to repeal the magazine law.