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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.

Volume 46, Issue 33

S. 3482, Bill Introduced

would aprove the settlement of the water rights claims of the Navajo Nation in Utah and authorize construction of projects in connection therewith.

S. 3087, Committee Action

would establish the American Fisheries Advisory Committee to assist in the awarding of fisheries research and development grants.

S. 2717, Committee Action

would improve the safety and address the deferred maintenance needs of Native American dams to prevent flooding on Native American reservations.

S. 2643, Committee Action

would improve the implementation of the settlement agreement reached between the Pueblo de Cochiti of New Mexico and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

S. 3395, Chamber Action

which would require limitations on prescribed burns, was passed by the Senate.

H.R. 6334, Bill Introduced

would amend the SDWA to require the Administrator of EPA to establish a grant program to assist eligible entities in carrying out programs to replace lead service lines for schools and solder that is not lead free used in the plumbing for schools.

H.R. 6331, Bill Introduced

would authorize federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems.

H.R. 6330, Bill Introduced

would direct the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a study regarding the suitability and feasibility of establishing the Naugatuck River Valley National Heritage Area in Connecticut.

H.R. 5032, Committee Action

would allow certain property in the town of Louisa, Virginia, to be used for purposes related to compliance with water quality standards.

S. 2739, Committee Action

would provide for equitable compensation of the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation for the use of tribal land for the production of hydropower by the Grand Coulee Dam.

H.R. 6007, Chamber Action

which would amend title 49, U.S. Code, to include consideration of certain impacts on commercial space launch and reentry activities in a navigable airspace analysis, was passed by the Senate.

H.R. 845, Chamber Action

which would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to publish in the Federal Register a strategy to significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in National Forest System trail maintenance, was passed by the Senate.

S. Res. 608, Chamber Action

which would designate the week of September 17-24, 2016, as National Estuaries Week, was agreed to by the Senate.

H.R. 2733, Public Law

which requires the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for certain tribes, was signed by the president on October 7, 2016.

H.R. 2494, Public Law

which supports global anti-poaching efforts, strengthens the capacity of partner countries to counter wildlife trafficking, and designates major wildlife trafficking countries, was signed by the president on October 7, 2016.

H.R. 6321, Bill Introduced

would reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act.

S. 3, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide new markets tax credits for distressed coal communities.

S. 2325, Committee Action

would require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the NOAA Administrator, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices to support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform various jurisdictions of management.

S. 2219, Committee Action

would require the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an assessment and analysis of the outdoor recreation economy of the United States.

S. 1717, Committee Action

would amend title 46, U.S. Code, to exempt certain old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials otherwise required.

H.R. 6311, Bill Introduced

would amend the SDWA to improve transparency under the national primary drinking water regulations for lead and copper.

H.R. 5984, Committee Action

would authorize the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement.

H.R. 4937, Committee Action

would reauthorize pipeline safety programs and enhance pipeline safety.

H.R. 2333, Committee Action

would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain property related to the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kan.

S. 3028, Committee Action

would redesignate the Olympic Wilderness as the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.

S. 546, Committee Action

would establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under FEMA's National Advisory Council to provide recommendations and emergency responder training and resources relating to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads.

H.R. 4665, Chamber Action

which would require the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an assessment and analysis of the outdoor recreation economy of the United States, was passed by the House.