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H.R. 1986: Effective Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 28, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1986

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 28, 2019

(for himself, Miss Rice of New York, and Mr. Hurd of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend section 175b of title 18, United States Code, to correct a scrivener’s error.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Effective Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act of 2019.

2.

Prohibition on the possession of biological toxins and agents

Section 175b of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

by striking (a)(1) No restricted and all that follows through the end of paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

(a)

Offense

(1)

In general

It shall be unlawful for a restricted person to—

(A)

ship, transport, or possess in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce any biological agent or toxin described in paragraph (2); or

(B)

receive any biological agent or toxin described in paragraph (2) that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

(2)

Agents and toxins covered

A biological agent or toxin described in this paragraph is a biological agent or toxin that—

(A)

is listed as a non-overlap or overlap select biological agent or toxin under part 73 of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, pursuant to section 351A of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262a); and

(B)

is not excluded or exempted under part 73 of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations.

; and

(B)

by striking (2) Whoever and inserting (3) Penalty.—Whoever and adjusting the margin accordingly; and

(2)

in subsection (d), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting Definitions.— before In this section:.