House Approves Bill that Would Ease Federal Grip on Washington
December 11, 2009
The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would ease restrictions on funding needle-exchange programs to prevent HIV and other blood-borne diseases. The legislation blocks a provision that would have prevented the District of Columbia from funding NEPs operating within 1,000 feet of any location where children gather. The rider effectively would have banned NEPs from operating almost anywhere in the District, city officials and advocates said. Another provision in the legislation removes a similar 1,000-foot restriction on federally funded NEPs across the nation. The bill is expected to pass the Senate next week.
New York Times
12.11.2009; Ian Urbina
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