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Below are summaries of Bills Introduced, Committee Reports, Chamber Actions, and Public Laws reported in the most recent issue of ELR's Weekly Update. For previous summaries, visit the Federal Bills Archive.

Recent Federal Bills

Volume 45, Issue 10

H. Res. 177, Bill Introduced

would express the sense of the House that specialty crops are a vital part of agriculture in the United States, and that Congress should fund programs that support specialty crops as a growing and important part of agriculture.

H. Con. Res. 30, Bill Introduced

would support the designation of 2015 as the International Year of Soils, and support locally led soil conservation.

H.R. 1730, Bill Introduced

would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide that Alexander Creek, Alaska, be recognized as an eligible Native village.

H.R. 1729, Bill Introduced

would amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from prohibitions against the sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird
parts.

H.R. 1719, Bill Introduced

would expand geothermal production. 

H.R. 1714, Bill Introduced

would reform the federal sugar program.

H.R. 1710, Bill Introduced

would amend the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 to provide additional financing options for water infrastructure projects carried out in
states in which the governor has issued a state of drought emergency declaration.

H.R. 1709, Bill Introduced

would amend the SDWA to provide for the assessment and management of the risks of drought to drinking water.

H.R. 1705, Bill Introduced

would amend the CWA to assist municipalities and regional sewer authorities that would experience a significant hardship raising the revenue necessary to finance projects and activities for the construction of wastewater treatment works.

H.R. 1697, Bill Introduced

would extend and modify the tax credit for electric vehicle recharging property.

H.R. 1685, Bill Introduced

would require FEMA to address considerations in evaluating the need for public and individual disaster assistance.

H.R. 1684, Bill Introduced

would amend OPA and the CWA to impose penalties and provide for the recovery of removal costs and damages in connection with certain discharges of oil from
foreign offshore units.

H.R. 1679, Bill Introduced

would ensure the safe transportation of Bakken crude oil by rail. 

H.R. 1668, Bill Introduced

would amend the ESA to provide for suspension of its application to water releases by federal and state agencies in river basins that are affected by drought.

H.R. 1667, Bill Introduced

would amend the ESA to require publication of the basis for determinations that species are endangered or threatened.

H.R. 1665, Bill Introduced

would equalize the excise tax on liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.

H.R. 1663, Bill Introduced

would enhance America's path toward energy independence, and rebuild the nation's aging roads, bridges, locks, and dams.

H.R. 1651, Bill Introduced

would reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act.

H.R. 1647, Bill Introduced

would recognize the authority of states to regulate oil and gas operations.

H.R. 1644, Bill Introduced

would amend SMCRA to ensure transparency in the development of environmental regulations.

S. 535, Chamber Action

would promote energy efficiency.

S. 893, Bill Introduced

would establish an Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge to assist energy policy innovation in the states to promote the goal of doubling electric and thermal energy productivity by 2030.

S. 890, Bill Introduced

would provide consistent and reliable authority for, and for the funding of, the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

S. 889, Bill Introduced

would provide regulatory relief to producers and consumers of alternative fuel.

S. 888, Bill Introduced

would promote federal-state partnerships for developing regional energy strategies and plans to mitigate risks in changing energy systems.

S. 886, Bill Introduced

would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide for a smart energy and water efficiency pilot program.

S. 880, Bill Introduced

would expand project eligibility to certain public infrastructure projects.

S. 878, Bill Introduced

would establish a loan pilot program for state residential building energy efficiency upgrades.

S. 873, Bill Introduced

would designate the wilderness within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska as the Jay S. Hammond Wilderness Area.

S. 872, Bill Introduced

would provide for the recognition of certain Native communities, and the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

S. 871, Bill Introduced

would provide for an application process for the designation of rural areas.

S. 870, Bill Introduced

would require rulemaking by FEMA to address considerations in evaluating the need for public and individual disaster assistance.

S. 869, Bill Introduced

would improve energy performance in federal buildings.