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H.R. 4259 (115th): Lifesaving Librarians Act

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 6, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4259

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 6, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants for naloxone rescue kits in public libraries, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Lifesaving Librarians Act.

2.

Grant program for naloxone rescue kits

The Public Health Service Act is amended by inserting after section 514 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 290bb–7) the following:

514A.

Grant program for naloxone rescue kits

(a)

Grant program establishment

The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish a program to award grants to public libraries for one or both of the following purposes:

(1)

To purchase naloxone rescue kits for use in such public libraries.

(2)

To provide training to enable employees of such public libraries to use naloxone rescue kits.

(b)

Eligibility

(1)

In general

To seek a grant under this section, a public library shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such form, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(2)

Eligible public library

To be eligible for a grant under this section, a public library—

(A)

shall certify that it owns, or will purchase within 90 days of receipt of such grant, a naloxone rescue kit;

(B)

must be maintained for, and open to, the general public; and

(C)

must be in a county designated as a high-intensity drug trafficking area pursuant to section 707 of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998 (21 U.S.C. 1706).

(3)

Limit on grants

A library that receives a grant under this section shall not be eligible to receive another grant under this section until one year has elapsed from the date of receipt of such grant.

(c)

Trained employee required

(1)

In general

To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a public library shall certify that—

(A)

on the date of receipt of such grant, it will employ a full-time employee who has been trained in the use of naloxone rescue kits; or

(B)

if on the date of receipt of such grant it will not employ a full-time employee who has been trained in the use of naloxone rescue kits, it will hire such an employee within 90 days of the date of receipt of such grant.

(2)

Continuity in employment

To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a public library shall certify that for a continuous period of one year following the date of receipt of such grant—

(A)

in the case of a library that makes a certification pursuant to paragraph (1)(A), it shall not lack a full-time employee who has been trained in the use of naloxone rescue kits for a continuous period of longer than 30 days; or

(B)

in the case of a library that makes a certification pursuant to paragraph (1)(B), following the date upon which it first hires a full-time employee who has been trained in the use of naloxone rescue kits, it shall not lack such an employee for a continuous period of longer than 30 days.

(3)

Full-time employee

In this subsection, the term full-time employee means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service per week.

(d)

Reporting required

As a condition on receipt of a grant under this section, a public library receiving such grant shall certify that it will report the use of naloxone or a naloxone rescue kit on its property to the Secretary on a quarterly basis for a period of one year after the date of receipt of such grant.

(e)

Sunset

The Secretary shall not award grants under this section after the end of fiscal year 2022.

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