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.

would amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to promote timely exploration for geothermal resources under geothermal leases.

would amend the Mineral Leasing Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to reimburse the fee for an expression of interest if the expression of interest becomes inactive.

would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide that village corporations shall not be required to convey land in trust to the state of Alaska for the establishment of municipal corporations.

 would improve recreation opportunities on, and facilitate greater access to, federal public land.

would establish the Global Climate Change Resilience Strategy, and authorize the admission of climate-displaced persons into the United States.

would provide for a National Disaster Safety Board.

would amend the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 to reauthorize the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production.

would amend the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to reauthorize the Community Connect Grant Program.

would direct the Secretary of Transportation to study certain composite material pipelines.

would amend Title 49, U.S. Code, to require the Secretary of Transportation to establish a confidential voluntary information-sharing system to encourage the sharing of pipeline safety data.