Category Archives: Legislation

Proposed Safe Drinking Water Act of 2017 (HR 1068)

If history is repeated the Democrat proposal to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act is a strategic set-up for 2018 elections.. Yes, the Safe Drinking Water Act needs to be amended and reauthorized. But will the provisions of this bill be seriously considered? Stay tuned.

Full text of HR 1068 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 2017

WRDA 2014: A porker of legislation

Might as well call it what it really is. A lot of people are on the government dole and have become dependent on this legislation which comes up every 2 years. And lobbyists, large firms, and industry groups fight hard behind the scenes to get their projects funded. Since all of the key agencies and players if not everybody in congress gets something out of this bill it is always passed with a bipartisan cheer.

H.R.3080
Latest Title: Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014

Sponsor: Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] (introduced 9/11/2013) Cosponsors (47)

Related Bills: H.RES.385, H.R.399, H.R.3978, S.513, S.601

Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 113-121 [GPO: Text, PDF]

House Reports: 113-246 Part 1; Latest Conference Report: 113-449 (in Congressional Record H4065-4428)

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Corrupt California Assembly Rules Committee kills transparency bill

Government Transparency Bill Killed on Partisan Vote
For Immediate Release: May 15, 2012 Jeff Greene 951-894-1232, Craig Deluz 916-319-2066
 

ACA 1 By Jeffries Would Have Required Bill Text be Published 24 Hours Before Votes
SACRAMENTO:  With little discussion, no questions, and no opportunity even to respond to false claims by the committee chair, Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries’ (R-Lake Elsinore) ACA 1 government transparency bill was killed in the Assembly Rules Committee on a straight party-line vote.
Frustrated by the legislative leadership’s unwillingness to allow legislators, the media, and the public the opportunity to read the text of legislation until hours or even minutes before they are voted upon, Kevin Jeffries has continually introduced legislation to require all legislation be publicly available at least 24 hours before they can come to a vote.  Yesterday’s hearing on ACA 1 was the first time one of these bills has received a hearing, after years of trying.
“It is an insult to democracy that the legislature refuses to obey the same basic rules of openness and public participation that they force on local governments with the Brown Act,” said Jeffries.  “We require cities, counties and special districts to follow these rules, but the leadership of the legislature insists on the right to force votes on bills that have not been reviewed or publicly available, often in the dark of night.  The ‘public’s right to know’ has clearly been replaced with the ‘government knows best,’ and that is one of the many reasons that the legislature is held in such incredibly low esteem by the voters in California.”
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), the Chair of the Rules Committee, insisted in her brief remarks that existing protections and rules are sufficient, and that ACA 1 was unnecessary, and then called the vote without even giving Jeffries the opportunity to respond to her claims.
“It is ironic that the Chair of the Committee hails from the home of the free speech movement in California, but did not wish to have an actual dialogue about this important issue, and seems intent on keeping the public in the dark on issues that affect them,” said Jeffries.  “It is clear that she was forced into holding this hearing by negative public and media pressure in favor of my bill, but was only willing to give it the most cursory review before killing it.  I’m not sure when government transparency and the people’s right to know became a partisan issue, but it is very unfortunate for all Californians, regardless of party registration.”
ACA 1 had been endorsed by a variety of local governments, newspapers from around the state, and non-partisan organizations, including California League of Cities, California Common Cause, The First Amendment Coalition, and several Chambers of Commerce.  It had received no official opposition, and there was no public analysis of the bill prepared by the Rules Committee.
“Clearly the legislative leadership has no interest in reforming itself, and if change is going to come, it will have to be through the initiative process.  I am hopeful that one of the reform organizations contemplating initiative efforts, will include the 24 hour rule, as well as my other reform measure (ACA 2) that would prohibit midnight sessions out of the view of the public.”

Arizona Tribes want assurance on water deal: “….you can’t drink paper water…”

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is attempting to shepherd an American Indian water rights settlement through Congress ahead of his planned retirement.  

An $800 million agreement must be cut down…..but will the final agreement be equitable? Click here for the news article….

S. 641 Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act

S.641
Latest Title: Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 3/17/2011)      Cosponsors (15)
Latest Major Action: 3/17/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
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S. 587 FRAC Act

S.587
Latest Title: FRAC Act
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 3/15/2011)      Cosponsors (9)
Related Bills: H.R.1084
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Environment and Public Works. Hearings held with the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife.

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H.R. 1084 Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act

H.R.1084
Latest Title: Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2011
Sponsor: Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] (introduced 3/15/2011)      Cosponsors (42)
Related Bills: S.587
Latest Major Action: 3/21/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
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