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Recent Federal Bills

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.

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H.R. 309

would require FERC to revoke a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued under §7 of the Natural Gas Act as such certificate applies to the Weymouth Compressor Station.

H.R. 314

would authorize the Administrator of EPA to enter into cooperative agreements with states to carry out grant programs to assist in remediation and relocation efforts relating to hazardous air pollution.

H.R. 283

would amend the CAA to give states the option of monitoring covered criteria air pollutants in designated areas by greatly increasing the number of air quality sensors in exchange for greater regulatory flexibility in the methods of monitoring.

H.R. 286

would amend the ESA to exclude the gray wolf from the authority of the Act, and to remove the gray wolf from the lists of threatened species and endangered species published pursuant to the Act.

H.R. 247

would provide for no net increase in the total acreage of certain federal land under the jurisdiction of BLM, the National Park Service, FWS, or the Forest Service.

H.R. 274

would prohibit the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce from authorizing commercial finfish aquaculture operations in the exclusive economic zone except in accordance with a law authorizing such action.

H.R. 272

would amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska.

H.R. 271

would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require labeling of genetically engineered fish.

H.R. 270

would amend the market name of genetically altered salmon in the United States.

H.R. 267

would extend the wildfire and hurricane indemnity program to cover certain crop losses in calendar year 2020.

H.R. 241

would reauthorize the Tropical Forest and Coral Reef Conservation Act.

H.R. 257

would amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide the work opportunity tax credit with respect to the hiring of veterans in the renewable energy field.

H. Res. 29

would support the teaching of climate change in schools.

H.R. 260

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

H.R. 263

would amend the Lacey Act Amendments to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act and further the conservation of certain wildlife species.

H.R. 245

would amend §§111, 169, and 171 of the CAA to clarify when a physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification or construction.

S. 1342

which would require the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere to update periodically the environmental sensitivity index products of NOAA for each coastal area of the Great Lakes, was signed by President Trump on December 31, 2020.

S. 914

which would reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, clarify the authority of the Administrator of NOAA with respect to post-storm assessments, and require the establishment of a National Water Center, was signed by President Trump on December 31, 2020.

H.R. 133

which would make consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, and provide coronavirus emergency response and relief, was signed by President Trump on December 27, 2020.

S. 2981

which would reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, was signed by President Trump on December 23, 2020.

H.R. 218

would prohibit the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture from issuing moratoriums on issuing new oil and gas leases and drill permits on certain federal lands.

H.R. 219

would amend the Trade Act of 1974 to exclude from eligibility for the generalized system of preferences any country that fails to effectively enforce its environmental laws or meet its international environmental obligations.