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H.R. 4310: Youth Poisoning Protection Act

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Lori Trahan

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 22, 2023
Length: 2 pages
Jun 22, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Introduced on Jun 22, 2023

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 22, 2023. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.


7 Cosponsors (5 Democrats, 2 Republicans)

5% chance of being enacted (details)


Jun 22, 2023

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H.R. 4310 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4310. This is the one from the 118th Congress.

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