S.859: Animal and Public Health Protection Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about agriculture and food
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Sponsor Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced May 6, 2013
Latest Major Action May 6, 2013
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Bill Summary

Animal and Public Health Protection Act - Amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to offer to enter into contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements with eligible laboratories to: (1) detect emerging or existing threats to animal health and support the protection of public health, the environment, and the agricultural economy; (2) provide the capability for standardized test procedures, laboratory biosafety and biosecurity, interconnected electronic data reporting, and emergency preparedness evaluation; and (3) coordinate the development and implementation of national veterinary diagnostic laboratory capabilities.

Directs the Secretary to give priority to eligible laboratories at existing federal and state facilities and those at institutions of higher education.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
May 6, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.