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 require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a minimum number of oil and gas lease sales in certain areas, and prevent delays in oil and gas leasing.

which would prohibit the Secretary of Energy from sending petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China, was passed by the House.

would designate the West Indian manatee as an endangered species under the ESA.

would amend the ESA to provide for improved precision in the listing, delisting, and downlisting of endangered species and potentially endangered species.

would amend the ESA to prevent a species that is not native to the United States from being listed as an endangered species or a threatened species, and prohibit certain types of financial assistance.

would amend the ESA to exclude certain populations of the lesser prairie chicken from the authority of the Act.

would provide long-term water supply and regulatory reliability to drought-stricken California.

would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to coordinate federal and state permitting processes related to the construction of new surface water storage projects on lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture, and designate the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for permit processing.

would amend the FWPCA to make certain projects and activities eligible for financial assistance under a state water pollution control revolving fund.

would abolish the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.