Text: H.R.6201 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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110th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6201


To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to eligible States for the purpose of reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in public secondary schools, elementary schools, and kindergarten.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 5, 2008

Mrs. McCarthy of New York (for herself and Mrs. Capps) 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 make grants to eligible States for the purpose of reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in public secondary schools, elementary schools, and kindergarten.

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 “Student to School Nurse Ratio Improvement Act of 2008”.

SEC. 2. Reducing student-to-school nurse ratios.

Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“PART JSchool nurses

“SEC. 861. Reducing student-to-school nurse ratios.

“(a) Grants.—The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may make grants to eligible States for the purpose of reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in public secondary schools, elementary schools, and kindergarten.

“(b) Report.—Not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall submit to the Congress a report on the results of the grant program carried out under this section, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of the program in improving the student-to-school nurse rations described in subsection (a) and an evaluation of the impact of any resulting enhanced health of students on learning.

“(c) Definitions.—For purposes of this section:

“(1) The terms ‘elementary school’ and ‘secondary school’ have the meanings given to those terms in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

“(2) The term ‘eligible State’ means a State in which the student-to-school nurse ratio in public secondary schools, elementary schools, and kindergarten is 1000 or more students to every school nurse.

“(3) The term ‘nurse’ shall have such meaning as specified by the Director.

“(d) Authorization of appropriations.—To carry out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2009 through 2013.”.


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