“Bills for Science” #5

A lot of bills have been introduced in the past couple weeks. Unfortunately, the actual text for a bill is unavailable for a while after the bill is introduced. So, more than double this list is science-related legislation has been introduced but there’s not text. Hopefully we’ll get it next week. Until then, take a look at what your legislators have been up to!

H.R.353To improve the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and…
Sponsor: Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-3]
-A largely bipartisan bill (there was a Senate version passed in December) that would direct NOAA to improve its weather forecasting capabilities, representing the first major piece of weather-related legislation since the 1990s. 

H.R.312To authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1] 
Would authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of NOAA.

H.R.289To authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to issue permits for recreation services on lands managed by Federal agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] 
Would authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to issue permits for recreation services on lands managed by Federal agencies. 

H.R.237To reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large] 
ICOOS provides a coordinated approach to ocean observing, pulling together resources from federal, tribal, state and local agencies.

H.R.232To authorize States to select and acquire certain National Forest System lands to be managed and operated by the State for timber production and for other purposes under the laws of the State, and…
Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large] 
Pretty much explains it in the title. Would remove federal protections.

H.R.227To reauthorize the African Elephant Conservation Act, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994, the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997, the Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000, and the…
Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]
Would reauthorize a number of conservation-related acts.

H.R.226To amend the African Elephant Conservation Act of 1988 to conserve elephants while appropriately regulating ivory in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large] 
There is currently a ban on ivory in the U.S. This would lift parts of that band to allow for certain ivory items to be bought/sold/traded in the U.S. 

H.R.225To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow the importation of polar bear trophies taken in sport hunts in Canada.
Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large] 
Again, the purpose is in the title.

H.R.224To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow importation of polar bear trophies taken in sport hunts in Canada before the date the polar bear was determined to be a threatened species…
Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large] 
Similar to H.R. 224

H.R.222To amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large] 
Would reduce a President’s ability to designate sanctuaries without congressional approval. 

H.R.169To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the conduct of offshore drilling on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]
Purpose is in the title.

H.R.119To repeal certain amendments to the Clean Air Act relating to the expansion of the renewable fuel program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 
-This would repeal the portions of the Clean Air Act that favor renewables over fossil fuels. 

H.R.117To repeal Federal energy conservation standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 
-This would essential repeal all standards that relate to the conservation of energy, especially limits on fossil fuels and the promotion of renewables. 

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