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S. 1006: Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act

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Sponsor and status

Ron Johnson

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Wisconsin. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 25, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Mar 25, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 25, 2021

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10 Cosponsors (10 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 25, 2021

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S. 1006 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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