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H.R. 2547 - Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rob Woodall (R)
Introduced: 2017-06-27
Bill Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
 
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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2547


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 27, 2017

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


AN ACT

    To expand the Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals who may qualify to perform physical examinations on eligible veterans and issue medical certificates required for operation of a commercial motor vehicle, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Medical certificate for veterans operating commercial motor vehicles.

(a) Qualified examiners.—Section 5403(d)(2) of the FAST Act (49 U.S.C. 31149 note; 129 Stat. 1548) is amended to read as follows:

“(2) QUALIFIED EXAMINER.—The term ‘qualified examiner’ means an individual who—

“(A) is employed in the Department of Veterans Affairs as an advanced practice nurse, doctor of chiropractic, doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, physician assistant, or other medical professional;

“(B) is licensed, certified, or registered in a State to perform physical examinations;

“(C) is familiar with the standards for, and physical requirements of, an operator required to be medically certified under section 31149 of title 49, United States Code; and

“(D) has never, with respect to such section, been found to have acted fraudulently, including by fraudulently awarding a medical certificate.”.

(b) Conforming amendments.—Section 5403 of the FAST Act (49 U.S.C. 31149 note; 129 Stat. 1548) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) by striking “physician-approved veteran operator,” and inserting “veteran operator approved by a qualified examiner,”; and

(B) by striking “qualified physician” and inserting “qualified examiner”;

(2) in subsection (b)(1)—

(A) by striking “the physician” and inserting “the examiner”; and

(B) by striking “qualified physician” and inserting “qualified examiner”;

(3) in subsection (c)—

(A) by striking “qualified physicians” and inserting “qualified examiners”; and

(B) by striking “such physicians” and inserting “such examiners”; and

(4) in subsection (d)(1)—

(A) in the paragraph heading by striking “Physician-approved veteran operator” and inserting “Veteran operator approved by a qualified examiner”; and

(B) by striking “physician-approved veteran operator” and inserting “veteran operator approved by a qualified examiner”.

(c) Rulemaking.—The amendments made by this section shall be incorporated into any rulemaking proceeding related to section 5403 of the FAST Act (49 U.S.C. 31149 note; 129 Stat. 1548) that is being conducted as of the date of enactment of this Act.

Passed the House of Representatives June 26, 2017.

    Attest:karen l. haas,   
    Clerk

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