Senate Bill #2279 (2018)

AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - HOMICIDE

Known and may be cited as Kristen's Law, and would provide that the death of a human being as a result of a controlled substance transaction, would subject the person providing the controlled substance up to life imprisonment.

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  • 2018 – S 2279
  • 2018 – S 2279 SUBSTITUTE B
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  • LC004343
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2018
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  • A N A C T
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2018
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - HOMICIDE
  • Introduced By: Senators Gallo, Lombardi, Coyne, and Seveney
  • Date Introduced: February 01, 2018
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • (Attorney General)
  • Introduced By: Senators Gallo, Lombardi, Coyne, and Seveney
  • Date Introduced: February 01, 2018
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • (Attorney General)
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Kristen's Law."
  • SECTION 2. Section 11-23-6 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-23 entitled "Homicide" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 11-23-6. Controlled substance transaction resulting in death of minor. Controlled substance transaction resulting in death of a human being.
  • Any person convicted of the sale who sells, delivery delivers or distribution distributes of a controlled substance, the sale of which would constitute a felony under chapter 28 of title 21, to a minor human being, or of knowingly providing a controlled substance for sale, delivery or distribution to a minor human being and death has resulted to the minor human being because of the ingestion orally, by injection, or by inhalation of the controlled substance, shall be imprisoned for life.
  • SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.
  • SECTION 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as "Kristen's Law."
  • SECTION 2. Section 11-23-6 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-23 entitled "Homicide" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 11-23-6. Controlled substance transaction resulting in death of minor.
  • Any person convicted of the sale who sells, delivery delivers or distribution distributes of a controlled substance, the sale of which would constitute a felony under chapter 28 of title 21, to a minor, or of knowingly provides providing a controlled substance for sale, delivery or distribution to a minor, and death has resulted to the minor because of the ingestion orally, by injection, or by inhalation of the controlled substance, shall be imprisoned for life.
  • SECTION 3. Chapter 11-23 of the General Laws entitled "Homicide" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 11-23-7. Controlled substance delivery resulting in death.
  • (a) A person is guilty of a controlled substance delivery resulting in death when, as a result of an unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in exchange for anything of value to an adult, death results to that adult because of the ingestion orally, injection, or inhalation of the controlled substance.
  • (b) A person is guilty of a controlled substance delivery resulting in death when, as a result of an unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to another person who subsequently delivers such controlled substance to an adult, death results to that adult because of the ingestion orally, injection, or inhalation of the controlled substance.
  • (c) Those in violation of subsections (a) or (b) of this section, upon conviction, shall be imprisoned up to life.
  • (d) For the purposes of this section only, any person who, in good faith, without malice and in the absence of evidence of an intent to defraud, seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a controlled substance overdose shall not be charged or prosecuted for a violation of this section, if the evidence for the charge was gained as a result of the seeking of medical assistance.
  • (e) The phrase "in exchange for anything of value" does not apply to the act of sharing a controlled substance when said sharing results in the proximate cause of a person's death under this section.
  • SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - HOMICIDE
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  • This act would be known and may be cited as Kristen's Law and would include the death of all human beings as a result of a controlled substance transaction.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC004343 ========
  • This act would create a new criminal offense for the delivery of a controlled substance resulting in death.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC004343/SUB B ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

May 29, 2018 at 5:33pm
Yeas: 22 / Nays: 11 / Not voting: 4 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault N
Sen. Calkin N
Sen. Cano NV
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma NV
Sen. Euer N
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty NV
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee N
Sen. Goldin N
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour N
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts N
Sen. Miller NV
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush N
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada N
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell N
Sen. Seveney N
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y

Floor vote for PASSAGE

June 20, 2018 at 9:27pm
Yeas: 54 / Nays: 15 / Not voting: 5 / Recused: 1
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello N
Rep. Almeida N
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett R
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale N
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha NV
Rep. Diaz NV
Rep. Donovan N
Rep. Edwards NV
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi N
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull N
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia N
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi N
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry N
Rep. Nunes N
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady N
Rep. Perez NV
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell N
Rep. Regunberg N
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater NV
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh N
Rep. Williams N
Rep. Winfield Y

Floor vote for Approval of Amendment

June 21, 2018 at 5:38pm
Yeas: 11 / Nays: 22 / Not voting: 4 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere N
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone N
Sen. Conley N
Sen. Cote NV
Sen. Coyne N
Sen. Crowley N
Sen. DaPonte N
Sen. DiPalma N
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag N
Sen. Fogarty N
Sen. Gallo N
Sen. Gee NV
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin N
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Lombardi N
Sen. Lombardo N
Sen. Lynch Prata N
Sen. McCaffrey N
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller NV
Sen. Morgan N
Sen. Nesselbush NV
Sen. Paolino N
Sen. Pearson N
Sen. Picard N
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis N
Sen. Ruggerio N
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski N

Floor vote for Passage In Concurrence

June 21, 2018 at 5:45pm
Yeas: 25 / Nays: 11 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault N
Sen. Calkin N
Sen. Cano N
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer N
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin N
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour N
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts N
Sen. Miller NV
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush N
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada N
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell N
Sen. Seveney N
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y