A bipartisan bill has been reintroduced with the goal of helping protect law enforcement officials from exposure to fentanyl.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, introduced Senate Bill 2853 Monday and it was referred to a committee.

Known as the POWER Act — Providing Officers With Electronic Resources — the measure would establish a new grant program through the U.S. Department of Justice to help state and local law enforcement organizations secure high-tech, portable screening devices to detect drugs like fentanyl.

Brown said fighting the drug and opioid epidemic has to be done in a bipartisan way. He and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, along with U.S. Reps. David Joyce, R-Ohio, and Connor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania, reintroduced the legislation.

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