Bill Text: WV SB286 | 2020 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Prohibiting syringe exchange programs

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-01-10 - To Health and Human Resources [SB286 Detail]

Download: West_Virginia-2020-SB286-Introduced.html

WEST virginia legislature

2020 regular session


Senate Bill 286

By Senator Tarr

[Introduced January 10, 2020; referred
to the Committee on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary]

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §16-59-1 and §16-59-2, all relating to prohibiting the development of syringe exchange programs; providing for the closure of existing programs; and providing for civil penalties.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

ARTICLE.  Prohibition of Syringe Exchange Programs.

§16-59-1.  Syringe Exchange Programs prohibited.

The Bureau for Public Health may not permit any provider to offer a syringe exchange program in the State of West Virginia in any location.  To the extent that existing providers are currently providing hypodermic needles and/or offering a syringe exchange program, the provider shall close this service immediately upon passage of this article or be in violation of this provision.

§16-59-2.  Civil penalties.

The Bureau for Public Health may assess a civil penalty of not less than $500 nor more than $25,000 for a violation of this article. The Bureau for Public Health may seek injunctive relief to enforce the provisions of this article.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit the opening of syringe exchange programs and to close existing programs and to provide civil penalties for violations.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.