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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 14

H.R. 2312, Bill Introduced

would amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the Department of Agriculture to maintain or replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreation services at Smith Gulch in Idaho.

 

H.R. 2308, Bill Introduced

would designate a peak located in Nevada as ''Mount Reagan.''

H.R. 2304, Bill Introduced

would create a special motion to dismiss strategic lawsuits against public participation.

H.R. 2296, Bill Introduced

would establish an energy efficient manufacturing financing program within DOE to provide financial assistance to promote energy efficiency and onsite renewable technologies in manufacturing and industrial facilities.

H.R. 2295, Bill Introduced

would amend the Mineral Leasing Act to require DOI to identify and designate corridors for the construction of natural gas pipelines on federal land.

S. 1336, Bill Introduced

would implement the Convention on the Conservation and Management of the High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean, as adopted in Auckland
in November 2009.

S. 1335, Bill Introduced

would implement the Convention on the Conservation and Management of the High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific, as adopted in Tokyo in
February 2012.

S. 1334, Bill Introduced

would strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and amend the Tuna Conventions Act to implement the Antigua Convention.

S. 1324, Bill Introduced

would require EPA to fulfill certain requirements before regulating standards of performance for new, modified, and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units.

H.R. 2280, Bill Introduced

would direct the General Services Administration to incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features into public buildings.

H.R. 2279, Bill Introduced

would establish a moratorium on oil and gas-related seismic activities off the coast of Florida.

H.R. 2276, Bill Introduced

would establish a moratorium on oil and gas-related seismic activities off the coast of Florida.

H.R. 2273, Bill Introduced

would amend the Colorado River Storage Project Act to authorize the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir.

H.R. 2271, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Power Act with respect to critical electric infrastructure security.

H.R. 2270, Bill Introduced

would redesignate the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, and establish the Medicine Creek Treaty National Historic Site within the wildlife refuge.

H.R. 2269, Bill Introduced

would expand the workforce of veterinarians specialized in the care and conservation of wild animals and their ecosystems, and develop educational programs focused on wildlife and zoological veterinary medicine.

H.R. 2258, Bill Introduced

would modify the authority of the president to declare national monuments.

S. 1312, Bill Introduced

would modernize federal policies regarding the national supply and distribution of energy.

S. 1311, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to modify certain penalties to deter oil spills.

S. 1310, Bill Introduced

would prohibit DOI from issuing new oil or gas production leases in the Gulf of Mexico under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to a person that does not renegotiate its existing leases in order to require royalty payments if oil and natural gas prices are greater than or equal to specified price thresholds.

S. 1306, Bill Introduced

would amend the Energy Policy Act to use existing funding available to further projects that would improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions.

S. 1305, Bill Introduced

would amend the Colorado River Storage Project Act to authorize the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir.

S. 1296, Bill Introduced

would establish an infrastructure bank to offer states more flexibility in financing and funding infrastructure projects.

S. 1295, Bill Introduced

would adjust the boundary of the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado.

S. 1294, Bill Introduced

would require DOE and the Department of Agriculture to collaborate in promoting the development of efficient, economical, and environmentally sustainable thermally led wood energy systems.

S. 1293, Bill Introduced

would establish DOE as the lead agency for coordinating all requirements under federal law with respect to eligible clean coal and advanced coal technology generating projects.

S. 1291, Bill Introduced

would authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in Nebraska.

S. 501, Committee Action

would make technical corrections to the Navajo water rights settlement in New Mexico.

S. 321, Committee Action

would revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of the tribe.

S. 1285, Bill Introduced

would authorize DOE to enter into contracts to provide certain price stabilization support relating to electric generation units that use coal-based generation technology.

S. 1284, Bill Introduced

would clarify the treatment of carbon emissions from forest biomass.

S. 1283, Bill Introduced

would amend the Energy Policy Act to repeal certain programs and establish a coal technology program.

S. 1282, Bill Introduced

would amend the Energy Policy Act to require DOE to consider the objective of improving the conversion, use, and storage of carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuels in carrying out research and development programs.

S. 1280, Bill Introduced

would direct DOI to establish an annual production incentive fee for federal onshore and offshore land that is subject to lease for oil or natural gas production, but on which production is not occurring.

S. 1279, Bill Introduced

would provide for the sharing of qualified revenues from leases in the South Atlantic planning area.

S. 1278, Bill Introduced

would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to provide for certain lease sales in Alaska's outer continental shelf, and make certain modifications to the North Slope Science Initiative. 

S. 1276, Bill Introduced

would amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act to increase energy exploration and production on the outer continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico.

S. 1275, Bill Introduced

would establish a Financing Energy Efficient Manufacturing Program within DOE to provide financial assistance to promote energy efficiency and onsite renewable technologies in manufacturing and industrial facilities.

S. 1274, Bill Introduced

would amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to reauthorize federal agencies to enter into long-term contracts for energy acquisition. 

S. 1271, Bill Introduced

would require DOI to issue regulations to prevent or minimize the venting and flaring of gas in oil and gas production operations.

S. 1270, Bill Introduced

would amend the Energy Policy Act to reauthorize hydroelectric production incentives and hydroelectric efficiency improvement incentives.

S. 1264, Bill Introduced

would amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act to establish a renewable electricity standard.

H.R. 2245, Bill Introduced

would require the Federal Trade Commission to consider including smart grid capability on Energy Guide labels for products.

H.R. 2244, Bill Introduced

would establish a strategic transformer reserve program.