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113th Congress                                            Rept. 113-457
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                      Part 1

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                VETERINARY MEDICINE MOBILITY ACT OF 2014

                                _______
                                

  May 20, 2014.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

  Mr. Upton, from the Committee on Energy and Commerce, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 1528]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Energy and Commerce, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 1528) to amend the Controlled Substances Act to 
allow a veterinarian to transport and dispense controlled 
substances in the usual course of veterinary practice outside 
of the registered location, having considered the same, report 
favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend that the bill 
as amended do pass.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose and Summary..............................................     2
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     2
Hearings.........................................................     2
Committee Consideration..........................................     2
Committee Votes..................................................     2
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     3
Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives............     3
New Budget Authority, Entitlement Authority, and Tax Expenditures     3
Earmark, Limited Tax Benefits, and Limited Tariff Benefits.......     3
Committee Cost Estimate..........................................     3
Congressional Budget Office Estimate.............................     3
Federal Mandates Statement.......................................     4
Duplication of Federal Programs..................................     4
Disclosure of Directed Rule Makings..............................     4
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     4
Applicability to Legislative Branch..............................     4
Section-by-Section Analysis of the Legislation...................     5
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............     5
Exchange of Letters with Additional Committees of Referral.......     6
    The amendment is as follows:
  Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

  This Act may be cited as the ``Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 
2014''.

SEC. 2. TRANSPORT AND DISPENSING OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES IN THE USUAL 
                    COURSE OF VETERINARY PRACTICE.

  Section 302(e) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 822(e)) is 
amended--
          (1) by striking ``(e)'' and inserting ``(e)(1)''; and
          (2) by adding at the end the following:
  ``(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a registrant who is a 
veterinarian shall not be required to have a separate registration in 
order to transport and dispense controlled substances in the usual 
course of veterinary practice at a site other than the registrant's 
registered principal place of business or professional practice, so 
long as the site of transporting and dispensing is located in a State 
where the veterinarian is licensed to practice veterinary medicine and 
is not a principal place of business or professional practice.''.

                          Purpose and Summary

    The bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to 
clarify that, in States where a veterinarian who has registered 
with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is licensed to 
practice, the veterinarian may transport and dispense 
controlled substances at a site other than the principal place 
of business or professional practice, in the regular course of 
veterinary practice, without having to obtain separate 
registrations for each activity.

                  Background and Need for Legislation

    The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) interpretation 
of the Controlled Substances Act and subsequent Federal 
regulations have raised questions about whether it is legal for 
registrants to transport and distribute controlled substances 
for use outside of their registered location.
    Mobility is essential for veterinary practice. Not being 
able to transport and dispense controlled substances would be 
particularly problematic for rural food animal veterinarians, 
some of whom do not have offices for seeing animals and some of 
whose clients cannot transport their animals to clinics or 
animal hospitals.

                                Hearings

    The Committee on Energy and Commerce has not held hearings 
on the legislation.

                        Committee Consideration

    On February 27, 2014, the Subcommittee on Health met in 
open markup session and approved H.R. 1528, Veterinary Medicine 
Mobility Act of 2014 for full Committee consideration, as 
amended, by a voice vote. On April 3, 2014, the Energy and 
Commerce Committee met in open markup session and approved H.R. 
1528, as amended, by unanimous consent.

                            Committee Votes

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires the Committee to list the record votes 
on the motion to report legislation and amendments thereto. 
There were no record votes taken in connection with ordering 
H.R. 1528 reported. A motion by Mr. Upton to order H.R. 1528 
reported to the House, without amendment, was agreed to by 
unanimous consent.

                      Committee Oversight Findings

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee has not held oversight 
or legislative hearings on this legislation.

         Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives

    The objective of this legislation is to allow veterinarians 
to dispense controlled substances in the field when treating 
animals away from their registered place of business.

   New Budget Authority, Entitlement Authority, and Tax Expenditures

    In compliance with clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Committee finds that H.R. 
1528 would result in no new or increased budget authority, 
entitlement authority, or tax expenditures or revenues.

       Earmark, Limited Tax Benefits, and Limited Tariff Benefits

    In compliance with clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI 
of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Committee 
finds that H.R. 1528 contains no earmarks, limited tax 
benefits, or limited tariff benefits.

                        Committee Cost Estimate

    The Committee adopts as its own the cost estimate prepared 
by the Director of the Congressional Budget Office pursuant to 
section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

                  Congressional Budget Office Estimate

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following is the cost estimate 
provided by the Congressional Budget Office pursuant to section 
402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                    Washington, DC, April 18, 2014.
Hon. Fred Upton,
Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 1528, the 
Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2014.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Mark 
Grabowicz.
            Sincerely,
                                              Douglas W. Elmendorf.
    Enclosure.

H.R. 1528--Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2014

    Current law requires persons who distribute controlled 
substances to register with the Department of Justice; a 
separate registration is required for each principal place of 
business or professional practice. H.R. 1528 would clarify that 
veterinarians are not required to have separate registrations 
to dispense controlled substances outside of their principal 
place of business--when treating animals on a farm, for 
example--if the use of these substances is required in the 
usual course of veterinary practice in a state where the 
veterinarian is licensed to practice.
    CBO expects that implementing H.R. 1528 would not change 
the number of registrations by veterinarians or significantly 
affect spending by the Department of Justice. Enacting the bill 
would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-
as-you-go procedures do not apply.
    H.R. 1528 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Mark Grabowicz. 
The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.

                       Federal Mandates Statement

    The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of Federal 
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act.

                    Duplication of Federal Programs

    No provision of H.R. 1528 establishes or reauthorizes a 
program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of 
another Federal program, a program that was included in any 
report from the Government Accountability Office to Congress 
pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139, or a program 
related to a program identified in the most recent Catalog of 
Federal Domestic Assistance.

                  Disclosure of Directed Rule Makings

    The Committee estimates that enacting H.R. 1528 directs to 
be completed zero rule makings within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 
551.

                      Advisory Committee Statement

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act were created by this 
legislation.

                  Applicability to Legislative Branch

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act.

             Section-by-Section Analysis of the Legislation


Section 1: Short title

    Section 1 provides the short title of ``Veterinary Medicine 
Mobility Act of 2014.''

Section 2: Transport and dispensing of controlled substances in the 
        usual course of veterinary practice

    This provision allows veterinarians to transport and 
dispense controlled substances at sites other than the 
veterinarian's registered principal place of business as long 
as the sites are in a State where the veterinarian is licensed 
to practice veterinary medicine.

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

  In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (new matter is 
printed in italic and existing law in which no change is 
proposed is shown in roman):

                       CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT


TITLE II--CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT

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Part C--Registration of Manufacturers, Distributors, and Dispensers of 
Controlled Substances; Piperidine Reporting

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                      persons required to register

  Sec. 302. (a) * * *

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  (e)(1) A separate registration shall be required at each 
principal place of business or professional practice where the 
applicant manufactures, distributes, or dispenses controlled 
substances or list I chemicals.
  (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a registrant who is a 
veterinarian shall not be required to have a separate 
registration in order to transport and dispense controlled 
substances in the usual course of veterinary practice at a site 
other than the registrant's registered principal place of 
business or professional practice, so long as the site of 
transporting and dispensing is located in a State where the 
veterinarian is licensed to practice veterinary medicine and is 
not a principal place of business or professional practice.

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