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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 9

H. Con. Res. 29, Bill Introduced

would recognize the disparate impact of climate change on women, and the efforts of women globally to address climate change.

H.R. 1632, Bill Introduced

would direct DOI to place certain lands in Skagit and San Juan Counties, Washington, into trust for the Samish Indian Nation.

H.R. 1630, Bill Introduced

would amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to provide guidance on utility energy service contracts used by federal agencies.

H.R. 1629, Bill Introduced

would amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in federal facilities.

H.R. 1623, Bill Introduced

would amend the CWA to increase the length of time for a certain permit.

H.R. 1616, Bill Introduced

would authorize the approval of natural gas pipelines, and establish deadlines and expedite permits for certain natural gas gathering lines on federal and Indian land.

H.R. 1599, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, and the labeling of natural foods.

S. 863, Bill Introduced

would reauthorize and improve the Appalachian regional development program.

S. 859, Bill Introduced

would increase the safety of crude oil transportation by railroad.

S. 858, Bill Introduced

would amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in federal facilities.

H.R. 1589, Bill Introduced

would prohibit DOI from using funds to make a final determination on the listing of the northern long-eared bat under the ESA.

H.R. 1582, Bill Introduced

would amend the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act to authorize states to allow certain entities to acquire, hold, and manage conservation easements under the act's Forest Legacy Program.

H.R. 1567, Bill Introduced

would authorize a comprehensive, strategic approach for foreign assistance to developing countries in order to reduce global poverty and hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote sustainable agricultural-led economic growth, and build resilience among vulnerable populations.

H.R. 1561, Bill Introduced

would improve NOAA's weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities in order to support substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, and to expand commercial opportunities for the provision of weather data.

H.R. 1558, Bill Introduced

would clarify that compliance with an emergency order under §202(c) of the Federal Power Act may not be considered a violation of any  federal, state, or
local environmental law or regulation.

S. 855, Bill Introduced

would amend the ESA to permit state governors to regulate intrastate endangered and threatened species.

S. 854, Bill Introduced

would establish a new organization to manage nuclear waste, provide a consensual process for siting nuclear waste facilities, and ensure adequate funding for managing nuclear waste.

S. 853, Bill Introduced

would improve the efficiency and reliability of rail transportation by reforming the Surface Transportation Board.

S. 848, Bill Introduced

would clarify that compliance with an emergency order under the Federal Power Act may not be considered a violation of any federal, state, or local environmental law or regulation.

H.R. 1555, Bill Introduced

would stop implementation and enforcement of the Forest Service travel management rule and require the Forest Service and BLM to incorporate the needs, uses, and input of affected communities and to obtain their consent before taking any travel management action affecting access to National Forest System lands derived from the public domain or public lands.

H.R. 1554, Bill Introduced

would require a land conveyance involving the Elkhorn Ranch and the White River National Forest in Colorado.

H.R. 1548, Bill Introduced

would amend the CAA to eliminate the exemption for aggregation of emissions from oil and gas sources.

H.R. 1546, Bill Introduced

would amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide eligibility for public broadcasting facilities to receive certain disaster assistance.

S. 837, Bill Introduced

would modify the criteria used by the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small ports.

S. 834, Bill Introduced

would amend the law relating to sport fish restoration and recreational boating safety.

S. 830, Bill Introduced

would increase the maximum percentage of funds available to DOE for laboratory directed research and development.

H.R. 1515, Bill Introduced

would amend the SDWA to require testing of underground sources of drinking water in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations.

H.R. 1505, Bill Introduced

would make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available at a discount to certain veterans.

H.R. 1503, Bill Introduced

would require DOE, in coordination with DOI, to establish a program to provide workforce training and education in sustainable energy at community colleges. 

H.R. 1493, Bill Introduced

would protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict, or natural or other disasters.

H.R. 1487, Bill Introduced

would remove statutory and administrative barriers to private sector harnessing of  domestic energy resources. 

H.R. 1485, Bill Introduced

would improve the control and management of invasive species that threaten and harm federal lands under the jurisdiction of USDA and DOI.

H.R. 1484, Bill Introduced

would direct USDA and DOI to convey certain federal lands to Nevada in fulfillment of the Nevada Statehood Enabling Act.

H.R. 1482, Bill Introduced

would repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the SDWA.

H.R. 1472, Bill Introduced

would establish a modernized national Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

H.R. 1471, Bill Introduced

would reauthorize the programs and activities of FEMA.

H.R. 1460, Bill Introduced

would amend the CWA to direct DOI to conduct a study with respect to stormwater runoff from oil and gas operations.

S. 828, Bill Introduced

would clarify that states have the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land within their boundaries.

S. 817, Bill Introduced

would provide for the addition of property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in Oregon.

S. 816, Bill Introduced

would amend the Coquille Restoration Act to clarify certain provisions relating to the management of the Coquille Forest.

S. 815, Bill Introduced

would provide for the conveyance of certain federal land in Oregon to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

S. 814, Bill Introduced

would provide for the conveyance of certain federal land in Oregon to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

H.R. 1030, Chamber Action

would prohibit EPA from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.

H.R. 1452, Bill Introduced

would authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance.

H.R. 1445, Bill Introduced

would prohibit net increases in the acres of land under the jurisdiction of BLM, the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest Service unless the federal budget is balanced for the year in which the land would be purchased.

H.R. 1443, Bill Introduced

would direct DOI to establish a bison management plan for Grand Canyon National Park.

H.R. 1438, Bill Introduced

would require that certain federal lands be held in trust for the benefit of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. 

H.R. 1437, Bill Introduced

would amend the Coquille Restoration Act to clarify certain provisions relating to the management of the Coquille Forest.

H.R. 1436, Bill Introduced

would require that certain federal lands be held in trust for the benefit of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

H.R. 1426, Bill Introduced

would ensure public access to published materials concerning scientific research and development activities funded by federal science agencies.

H.R. 1424, Bill Introduced

would amend FIFRA to allow the marketing, distribution, and sale of solid antimicrobial copper alloys with certain claims, and would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to exclude certain solid antimicrobial copper alloys from regulation as drugs or devices.

S. 791, Bill Introduced

would free the private sector to harness domestic energy resources by removing statutory and administrative barriers.

S. 787, Bill Introduced

would streamline the collection and distribution of government information.

S. 785, Bill Introduced

would amend the SDWA to repeal certain exemptions for hydraulic fracturing.

S. 784, Bill Introduced

would direct DOE to establish microlabs to improve regional engagement with national laboratories.

S. 782, Bill Introduced

would direct DOI to establish a bison management plan for Grand Canyon National Park.

S. 779, Bill Introduced

would provide for federal agencies to develop public access policies relating to research conducted by their employees or from funds administered by that agency.

S. 770, Bill Introduced

would authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance.

S. 769, Bill Introduced

would streamline the permit process for rail and transit infrastructure.

H.R. 1029, Chamber Action

would amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications and public participation.

H.R. 1406, Bill Introduced

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

H.R. 1388, Bill Introduced

would improve the establishment of any lower ground-level ozone standards.

S. 765, Bill Introduced

would determine the budgetary effects of energy savings performance contracts and utility energy service contracts.

S. 764, Bill Introduced

would reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act.

S. 755, Bill Introduced

would designate certain public land in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee as wilderness. 

S. 755, Bill Introduced

would designate certain public land in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee as wilderness. 

S. 751, Bill Introduced

would improve the establishment of any lower ground-level ozone standards.

H.R. 1370, Bill Introduced

would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to revise certain authorized purposes described in the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System Master Water Control Manual.

S. 741, Bill Introduced

would authorize EPA to establish a program of awarding grants to owners or operators of water systems in order to increase the resiliency or adaptability of the systems to any ongoing or forecasted changes to the hydrologic conditions of a region.

H.R. 1364, Bill Introduced

would require NRC to obtain the consent of affected state and local governments before authorizing the construction of a nuclear waste repository.