This bill -- the Effective Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act of 2019 -- would broaden the coverage of current laws against the misuse of certain toxins. Specifically, this bill would make it a crime for certain “restricted persons” to possess any biological agent or toxin listed as a “select agent” by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.
Criminal fines collected under this bill would be recorded in the budget as revenues. They would be deposited in the Crime Victims Fund, from whence they could be spent without further appropriation action.
HHS reformatted its regulations several years ago, causing certain toxins, including ricin, to not be covered under the criminal code.