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Text of the Southwest Public Health Laboratory Act

This bill was introduced on January 19, 1995, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 19, 1995 (Introduced).

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HR 574 IH

104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 574

To provide for the operation of laboratories to carry out certain public-health functions for the region along the international border with Mexico.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 19, 1995

Mr. COLEMAN introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce


A BILL

To provide for the operation of laboratories to carry out certain public-health functions for the region along the international border with Mexico.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Southwest Public Health Laboratory Act’.

SEC. 2. PUBLIC-HEALTH LABORATORIES FOR SOUTHWESTERN BORDER REGION.

    The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting as appropriate through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or through other agencies, may make grants to States for the operation of laboratories to protect the public health through analyzing human, wildlife, air, water, and soil samples. The purposes for which the Secretary may authorize such a grant to be expended include the establishment of the laboratories, increasing the capacity of existing facilities, and collecting the samples to be analyzed by the laboratories. The Secretary may make such a grant only if the State involved agrees that the laboratory will be operated by the State, and will serve the region along the international border between the United States and Mexico (in the States of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas). The Secretary shall ensure that such a laboratory is established in an urban area that is centrally located in such region, that the laboratory is located within 25 miles of such border, and that the laboratory receives the principal amount of assistance under this section.