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Hill Update from the Great Lakes Task Force



     The document below lists bill introductions and recent actions on 
     bills introduced in the 106th Congress which may be interesting from a 
     Great Lakes perspective.  Most information is drawn from the 
     Congressional record.  This message is an update to the message posted 
     3/18/99 and does not include bills for which the information has not 
     changed since that time.  Text has been divided into 2 messages due to 
     limitations of my text editor.
     
     
     Bills Introduced In the 106th Congress 
     Relating to topics of interest to Great Lakes Members 
     Last Updated 3/26/99: S. 762 and H.R. 1363.
     
   Clean Air - Gas
   
     S.645  Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne (introduced 03/17/99) 1 
     cosponsor.  A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to waive the oxygen 
     content requirement for reformulated gasoline that results in no 
     greater emissions of air pollutants than reformulated gasoline meeting 
     the oxygen content requirement. Referred to the Committee on 
     Environment and Public Works.
     
     H.R.888  Sponsor: Rep Kildee, Dale E. (introduced 03/01/99) w/36 
     cosponsors.  Related Bills: S.171 A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to 
     limit the concentration of sulfur in gasoline used in motor vehicles. 
     Referred to the House Committee on Commerce: SC Health and 
     Environment.
     
     H.R.1301  Sponsor: Rep Blunt, Roy (introduced 03/25/99) 8 cosponsors.  
     A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the listing of liquefied 
     petroleum gas under section 112(r) of that Act. Referred to the House 
     Committee on Commerce.
     
   Clean Air - Acid Deposition
   
     H.R.25  Sponsor: Rep Boehlert (introduced 01/06/99) 17 cosponsors.  A 
     bill to reduce acid deposition under the Clean Air Act, and for other 
     purposes.  Great Lakes included as a sensitive water body for report 
     required in section 8(a).  Referred Commerce, SC on Health and 
     Environment.
   
   Clean Air - Other
   
     S.268  Sponsor: Sen Feinstein (introduced 01/20/99)  A bill to specify 
     the effective date of and require an amendment to the final rule of 
     the Environmental Protection Agency regulating exhaust emissions from 
     new spark-ignition gasoline marine engines. Referred EPW.
     
     S.547  Sponsor: Sen Chafee, John H. (introduced 03/04/99) 11 
     cosponsors.  A bill to authorize the President to enter into 
     agreements to provide regulatory credit for voluntary early action to 
     mitigate potential environmental impacts from greenhouse gas 
     emissions.  Referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. 
     3/24/99 Hearings held.
     
     S.673  Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. (introduced 03/19/99) 1 
     cosponsor.  A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to establish 
     requirements concerning the operation of fossil fuel-fired electric 
     utility steam generating units, commercial and industrial boiler 
     units, solid waste incineration units, medical waste incinerators, 
     hazardous waste combustors, chlor-alkali plants, and Portland cement 
     plants to reduce emissions of mercury to the environment, and for 
     other purposes.  Referred to the Committee on Environment and Public 
     Works.
     
   Clean Water
   
     S.623  Sponsor: Sen Conrad, Kent (introduced 03/16/99) w/1 cosponsor.  
     A bill to amend Public Law 89-108 to increase authorization levels for 
     State and Indian tribal,  municipal, rural, and industrial water 
     supplies, to meet current and future water quantity and quality needs 
     of the Red River Valley, to deauthorize certain project features and 
     irrigation service areas, to enhance natural resources and fish and 
     wildlife habitat, and for other purposes.  Discharged by the Committee 
     on Environment and Public Works.  Referred to ENR.
     
     S.669  Sponsor: Sen Coverdell, Paul (introduced 03/19/99) 3 
     cosponsors.  A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act 
     to ensure compliance by Federal facilities with pollution control 
     requirements. Referred to the Committee on Environment and Public 
     Works.
     
     S.724  Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. (introduced 03/25/99) 1 
     cosponsor.  A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to clarify 
     that underground injection does not include certain activities, and 
     for other purposes.  Referred to the Committee on Environment and 
     Public Works.
     
     H.R.828  Sponsor: Rep Barcia, James A. (introduced 02/24/99) 15 
     cosponsors. A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to 
     require that discharges from combined storm and sanitary sewers 
     conform to the Combined Sewer Overflow Control Policy of the 
     Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes. Referred to 
     the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee 
     on Water Resources and Environment.
     
     H.R.1106  Sponsor: Rep Thurman, Karen L. (introduced 03/11/99) 20 
     cosponsors.  A bill to authorize the Administrator of the 
     Environmental Protection Agency to make grants to State agencies with 
     responsibility for water source development for the purpose of 
     maximizing available water supply and protecting the environment 
     through the development of alternative water sources. Referred to the 
     House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
     
   CERCLA
     
     H.R.1300  Sponsor: Rep Boehlert, Sherwood L. (introduced 03/25/99) 33 
     cosponsors.  A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
     Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to promote brownfields 
     redevelopment, to reauthorize and reform the Superfund program, and 
     for other purposes. Referred to the Committee on Commerce, and in 
     addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and 
     Ways and Means.
     
   Solid Waste
   
     S.663  Sponsor: Sen Specter, Arlen (introduced 03/18/99)  A bill to 
     impose certain limitations on the receipt of out-of-State municipal 
     solid waste, to authorize State and local controls over the flow of 
     municipal solid waste, and for other purposes.  Referred Environment 
     and Public Works.
     
     H.R.891 Sponsor: Rep Kanjorski, Paul E. (introduced 03/02/99)  A bill 
     to authorize certain States to prohibit the importation of solid waste 
     from other States, and for other purposes. Referred to the House 
     Committee on Commerce: SC Finance and HazMat.
     
     H.R.1190  Sponsor: Rep Greenwood, James C. (introduced 03/18/99) 61 
     cosponsors. A bill to impose certain limitations on the receipt of out 
     of-State municipal solid waste, to authorize State and local controls 
     over the flow of municipal solid waste, and for other purposes. 
     Referred to the House Committee on Commerce.
     
     H.R.1270  Sponsor: Rep Minge, David (introduced 03/24/99)  A bill to 
     authorize States and political subdivisions of States to control the 
     management of municipal solid waste generated within their 
     jurisdictions, and to exempt States and political subdivisions of 
     States from civil liability with respect to the good faith passage, 
     implementation, and enforcement of flow control ordinances. Referred 
     to the House Committee on Commerce.
     
   Other Pollution/Remediation
   
     H.R.1303  Sponsor: Rep Camp, Dave (introduced 03/25/99) 1 cosponsor.  
     A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit 
     against income tax for dry cleaning equipment which uses reduced 
     amounts of hazardous substances. Referred to the House Committee on 
     Ways and Means.
     
   Coastal Conservation - Outer Continental Shelf
   
     S.25  Sponsor: Sen Landrieu (introduced 01/19/99) 14 cosponsors.  A 
     bill to provide Coastal Impact Assistance to State and local 
     governments, to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Amendments 
     of 1978, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, the Urban 
     Park and Recreation Recovery Act, and the Federal Aid in Wildlife 
     Restoration Act (commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act) to 
     establish a fund to meet the outdoor conservation and recreation needs 
     of the American people, and for other purposes.  Referred E&NR.  
     Hearings held 1/27/99.  Further hearing scheduled 4/20/99.
     
     S.446  Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara (introduced 02/23/99) 5 cosponsors 
     A bill to provide for the permanent protection of the resources of the 
     United States in the year 2000 and beyond. Referred to the Committee 
     on E & NR.  Hearing scheduled 4/20/99.
     
     H.R.701  Sponsor: Rep Young, Don (introduced 02/10/99) 69 cosponsors.  
     A bill to provide Outer Continental Shelf Impact Assistance to State 
     and local governments, to amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund 
     Act of 1965, the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act of 1978, and 
     the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (commonly referred to as 
     the Pittman-Robertson Act) to establish a fund to meet the outdoor 
     conservation and recreation needs of the American people, and for 
     other purposes. Referred Resources.  Hearings held 3/9.
     
     H.R.798  Sponsor: Rep Miller, George (introduced 02/23/99) 60 
     cosponsors. A bill to provide for the permanent protection of the 
     resources of the United States in the year 2000 and beyond. Referred 
     to the Committee on Resources, and in addition to the Committee on 
     Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the 
     Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall 
     within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. Referred to 
     Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities, Resource 
     Conservation and Credit.  Referred to the Committee on Resources:  
     Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and 
     Forestry Committee.  Mar 9, 99: Committee Hearings Held.
     
     H.R.869  Sponsor: Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. (introduced 02/25/99)  A bill 
     to prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing oil and gas 
     leases on certain portions of the Outer Continental Shelf. Referred to 
     the House Committee on Resources. Mar 10, 99: Executive Comment 
     Requested from Interior.  Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and 
     Mineral Resources.
     
     H.R.1036  Sponsor: Rep Capps, Lois (introduced 03/09/99) 30 
     cosponsors.  A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to 
     direct the Secretary of the Interior to cease mineral leasing activity 
     on submerged land of the Outer Continental Shelf that is adjacent to a 
     coastal State that has declared a moratorium on such activity, and for 
     other purposes. Referred to Committee on Resources: SC Energy and 
     Mineral Resources.  3/16 Exec. Comment requested from Interior Dept.
     
   Coastal Conservation - Coastal Barriers
   
     S.574  Sponsor: Sen Biden, Joseph R., Jr. (introduced 03/10/99)  A 
     bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to make corrections to a 
     map relating to the Coastal Barrier Resources System.  3/26/99 
     Committee on Environment and Public Works ordered to be reported 
     without amendment favorably S Rept 106-39.  Placed on the Senate 
     Calendar #83.
     
   Coastal Conservation 
   
     H.R.1110  Sponsor: Rep Saxton, Jim (introduced 03/16/99)  A bill to 
     reauthorize and amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. 
     Referred to the Committee on Resources SC FWO and the Committee on 
     Transportation and Infrastructure. 2/25 SC FWO hearings held.
     
     H.R.950  Sponsor: Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. (introduced 03/03/99) 13 
     cosponsors.  A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act 
     to improve the quality of beaches and coastal recreation waters, and 
     for other purposes.   Referred to the House Committee on 
     Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
     Environment.
     
     H.R.999  Sponsor: Rep Bilbray, Brian P. (introduced 03/04/99) 8 
     cosponsors. A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to 
     improve the quality of coastal recreation waters, and for other 
     purposes. Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and 
     Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
     
     H.R.1096  Sponsor: Rep Lowey, Nita M. (introduced 03/11/99) 11 
     cosponsors.  A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act 
     to provide special funding to States for implementation of national 
     estuary conservation and management plans, and for other purposes. 
     Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
     
     H.R.1237  Sponsor: Rep Saxton, Jim (introduced 03/23/99) 5 cosponsors. 
      A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to permit 
     grants for the national estuary program to be used for the development 
     and implementation of a comprehensive conservation and management 
     plan, to reauthorize appropriations to carry out the program, and for 
     other purposes. Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and 
     Infrastructure.
     
     H.R.1243  Sponsor: Rep Saxton, Jim (introduced 03/24/99)  A bill to 
     reauthorize the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. Referred to the House 
     Committee on Resources.
     
     H.R.1290  Sponsor: Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. (introduced 03/25/99) 8 
     cosponsors.  A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act 
     relating to wetlands mitigation banking, and for other purposes. 
     Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
     
   Land and Water Conservation Fund
   
     S.532  Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne (introduced 03/04/99) w/1 
     cosponsor.  A bill to provide increased funding for the Land and Water 
     Conservation Fund and Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Programs, to 
     resume the funding of the State grants program of the Land and Water 
     Conservation Fund, and to provide for the acquisition and development 
     of conservation and recreation facilities and programs in urban areas, 
     and for other purposes.  Referred to the Committee on Energy and 
     Natural Resources. 4/20/99 Hearing scheduled.
     
     H.R.1118  Sponsor: Rep Campbell, Tom (introduced 03/16/99) 3 
     cosponsors.  A bill to provide increased funding for the Land and 
     Water Conservation Fund and Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery 
     Programs, to resume the funding of the State grants program of the 
     Land and Water Conservation Fund, and to provide for the acquisition 
     and development of conservation and recreation facilities and programs 
     in urban areas, and for other purposes. Referred to the House 
     Committee on Resources.
     
     H.R.1199  Sponsor: Rep Pombo, Richard W. (introduced 03/18/99)  A bill 
     to prohibit the expenditure of funds from the Land and Water 
     Conservation Fund for the creation of new National Wildlife Refuges 
     without specific authorization from Congress pursuant to a 
     recommendation from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to 
     create the refuge. House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on 
     Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans.
     
   Farm Protection
   
     S.333  Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. (introduced 02/03/99) 15 
     cosponsors.  A bill to amend the Federal Agriculture Improvement and 
     Reform Act of 1996 to improve the farmland protection program. 
     Referred Ag
     
   Other Conservation
   
     S.338  Sponsor: Sen Campbell, Ben Nighthorse (introduced 02/03/99)  A 
     bill to provide for the collection of fees for the making of motion 
     pictures, television productions, and sound tracks in units of the 
     Department of the Interior, and for other purposes.  Referred E&NR SC 
     Parks.  3/24/99 Hearing held.
     
     S.690  Sponsor: Sen Sarbanes, Paul S. (introduced 03/23/99) 8 
     cosponsors.  A bill to provide for mass transportation in national 
     parks and related public lands. Referred to the Committee on Energy 
     and Natural Resources.
     
     H.R.408  Sponsor: Rep Peterson (introduced 01/19/99) 48 cosponsors.  A 
     bill to amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to expand the number of 
     acres authorized for inclusion in the conservation reserve. Referred 
     Ag SC General Farm Commodities, Resource Conservation, & Credit.  
     Executive Comment Requested from USDA.
     
     H.R.883  Sponsor: Rep Young, Don (introduced 03/01/99) 151 cosponsors. 
      A bill to preserve the sovereignty of the United States over public 
     lands and acquired lands owned by the United States, and to preserve 
     State sovereignty and private property rights in non-Federal lands 
     surrounding those public lands and acquired lands. Referred to the 
     House Committee on Resources. Mar 4, 99: Executive Comment Requested 
     from Interior, State.  3/18/99 Hearings held.
     
     H.R.1154  Sponsor: Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. (introduced 03/17/99) 26 
     cosponsors.  A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to 
     allow individuals to designate any portion of their income tax 
     overpayments, and to make other contributions, for the benefit of 
     units of the National Park System. Referred to the Committee on Ways 
     and Means, and the Committee on Resources: SC Natl Parks & Public 
     Lands.  Exec. Comment requested from Interior Dept.
     
     H.R.1258  Sponsor: Rep Hansen, James V. (introduced 03/24/99) 17 
     cosponsors.  A bill to accelerate the Wilderness designation process 
     by establishing a timetable for the completion of wilderness studies 
     on Federal Lands. Referred to the House Committee on Resources.
     
     H.R.1284  Sponsor: Rep Young, Don (introduced 03/25/99) 3 cosponsors. 
     A bill to provide for protection of the Minnesota Valley National 
     Wildlife Refuge and endangered species and other protected species of 
     fish and wildlife that inhabit or use that refuge, to ensure that 
     scarce wildlife refuge land in and around the Minneapolis, Minnesota, 
     metropolitan area is not subjected to physical or auditory impairment, 
     and to ensure that the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 is 
     adequately implemented. Referred to the House Committee on Resources.
     
   Migratory Birds
     S.148  Sponsor: Sen Abraham (introduced 01/19/99) 12 cosponsors.   A 
     bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program 
     to provide assistance in the conservation of neotropical migratory 
     birds.  3/26/99 EPW reported favorably w/o amendment S. Rept. 106-36.  
     Placed on the Senate Calendar #79.
     
     H.R.39  Sponsor: Rep Don Young (introduced 01/06/99) 3 cosponsors.  A 
     bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program 
     to provide assistance in the conservation of neotropical migratory 
     birds. Referred Resources, SC FWO.  Executive Comment requested from 
     Interior. 2/11 SC Hearings held.  3/17 Committee reported (amended) by 
     voice vote.
     
     
     
     Rochelle Sturtevant
     Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force 459 Russell Senate Building
     Washington, DC 20510
     Rochelle_Sturtevant@levin.senate.gov
     
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