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Public Law No: 116-31 (07/25/2019)

 
[116th Congress Public Law 31]
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Public Law 116-31
116th Congress

                                 An Act


 
  To amend section 175b of title 18, United States Code, to correct a 
         scrivener's error. <<NOTE: July 25, 2019 -  [S. 744]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Effective 
Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act of 
2019. 18 USC 1 note.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

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

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

    Approved July 25, 2019.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 744 (H.R. 1986):
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 116-141 (Comm. on the Judiciary) accompanying 
H.R. 1986.
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 165 (2019):
            May 16, considered and passed Senate.
            July 10, considered and passed House.

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