U.S. Rep. Mike Collins, R-GA, is the first freshman of the 118th Congress to have a bill become law. H.R. 1734, the Testing, Rapid Analysis, and Narcotic Quality (TRANQ) Research Act, the first bill written and introduced by Collins, directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to deepen its partnerships and strategically focus on the science needed to detect, identify, and better understand synthetic opioids.

The legislation was signed by President Joe Biden this week. It originally passed the House on May 11 by a vote of 425-0. It then passed the Senate by unanimous consent with a minor amendment on June 22. That version of the legislation passed the House again on December 4 and was signed into law on December 19. 

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