“Bills for Science” Monday #3

The bad news – there were only 99 bills, amendments, and resolutions introduced in the past week. The good news – close to 1/10 had to do with science (more if you discount resolutions as part of the total).

H.R.6430 — Great Lakes Maritime 5 Heritage Assessment Act
Sponsor: Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]
-Would require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to conduct an assessment of cultural and historic resources in the waters of the Great Lakes, and for other purposes. Basically, would be looking for underwater geographic areas in the Great Lakes that have some sort of historical and archaeological value that would make them nationally significant. 

H.R.6414Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2016
Sponsor: Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20]
Would encourage and increase the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science methods within the Federal Government to advance and accelerate scientific research, literacy, and diplomacy. Would tie in with COMPETES Act.

H.R.6411Clean Water Protection Act
Sponsor: Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]
Actually an amendment, would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify that fill material cannot be comprised of waste. 

H.R.6400To revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in New Jersey.
Sponsor: Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]
S.3493 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)A bill to revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in New Jersey.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]
As companion bills, these would redefine the lines to include/exclude an area in CBRA zones. CBRA zones are coastal areas where home-builders cannot apply for federal flood insurance due to the high risk of flooding, storm surges, erosion, etc. 

S.3486Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Act of 2016
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]
-“The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program brings the innovation economy into government, by pairing talented, diverse technologists and innovators with top civil-servants and change-makers within the federal government to tackle some our nation’s biggest challenges.” This bill would make the program law. 

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