Bill seeks immunity for medical providers who report those unfit to drive at any age
The plan to reinstate testing was opposed by groups representing the elderly, who said it was discriminatory. Members of the House Transportation Committee agreed Thursday, amending House Bill 263 to provide immunity to medical providers who report those unfit to drive at any age.
Sad told the committee some doctors do report patients, but many are leery because of the potential for a lawsuit.
Rep. Donald LeBrun, R-Nashua, was concerned the bill did not have broad support and was inspired by only one of Sad’s constituents.
Sad said when she introduced the bill, she was stopped on the street, emailed and called by people thanking her for her efforts to reinstate mandatory testing, which was repealed in 2011.
“They recognized there are dangerous people driving,” Sad said, and they “welcomed the opportunity to get tested.”
Several committee members expressed concerns that a person’s confidential medical records could be exposed under the bill. Rep. Charles McMahon, R-Windham, said the records should be protected from those who want to use government as a weapon.
Sherman also said there ought to be a requirement for a medical evaluation before a report is filed.
A sub-committee will work on the bill before the full committee votes next month.
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