She added that 15 other states have passed similar "Good Samaritan" laws.
The legislation would gives people immunity from prosecution for drug use or possession if they called 911 or took an overdose victim to a medical facility for help, identified themselves, remained with the victim and did their best to answer questions, including what type of drugs may have been used.
It would not grant immunity for other types of crimes, such as selling drugs, assault or theft but would allow calling for help and cooperation with authorities to be used as a mitigating factor in sentencing.
Moss noted that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had vetoed a similar bill until it was amended in a way that is similar to the one she is sponsoring, with the Republican governor saying, "We don't want to give carte blanche to drug dealers." Moss added, "And we don't either."
But some lawmakers questioned if it would be more wise not to require callers to identify themselves.
Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, noted that Colorado had set up a tip line that required identification, and received only 10 calls in a year. Once it allowed anonymous notification, he said calls increased into the thousands.
Rep. Rich Cunningham, R-South Jordan who said the bill "hits close to home" because he recently lost a 35-year-old nephew to an overdose said those close to the nephew were afraid to call and become associated with his drug abuse by identifying themselves to police and others.
"I am concerned that guilt by association can come into play," he said although he said he still supported the bill even if it does not allow anonymity.