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Federal Legislation
04/17/18 12:44 AM
H.Res. 825: Recognizing the impacts of climate change on outdoor recreation and supporting policies that address the causes and effects of climate change.


Introduced: Apr 13, 2018
Status: Introduced on Apr 13, 2018

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 13, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Resloution text is available at GovTrack
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Federal Legislation
04/17/18 12:42 AM
H.R. 801: Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act

To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Route 66 National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.

Introduced: Feb 1, 2017
Status: Ordered Reported on Jan 10, 2018

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on January 10, 2018.

Bill text is available at GovTrack
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Federal Legislation
04/17/18 12:39 AM
H.R. 5471: American Gateway Communities Economic Development and Conservation Act

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a Gateway Communities Improvement Program, and for other purposes.

Introduced: Apr 11, 2018
Status: Introduced on Apr 11, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 11, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Source: GovTrack
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Federal Legislation
04/17/18 12:35 AM
H.R. 3607: To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish fees for medical services provided in units of the National Park System, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3607 authorizes the Department of the Interior to establish and collect fees for medical services provided to persons in units of the National Park System. The bill establishes the National Park Medical Services Fund, to consist of donations and the fees collected for such services and to be available to Interior for:

providing such services;
preparing programmatic analyses and developing management plans for medical facilities, equipment, vehicles, and other needs for, and costs of, such services;
providing training related to furnishing such services; and
obtaining or improving medical facilities, equipment, vehicles, and other needs and costs of such services.

Under current law, NPS has the authority and responsibility to provide medical services, but does not have authority to retain revenues from insurance payments or other payments, which go to the general Treasury. NPS does not collect fees directly but instead works with third-party agencies to bill insurance companies or individuals. The ability to retain revenues to offset the costs of medical services would help NPS to provide higher quality patient care with industry-standard equipment and technology. H.R. 3607 allows the Secretary of the Interior to establish and collect fees for medical services provided at national parks.

Introduced: Jul 28, 2017
Status: Ordered Reported on Nov 30, 2017

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on November 30, 2017.

The House Majority Leader indicated on Apr 12, 2018 that this bill may be considered in the week ahead.

Bill text is available at GovTrack
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NEPA
04/13/18 06:05 PM
Eleven federal agencies and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at streamlining the environmental review of major infrastructure projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The MOU sets forth an agreement among the agencies to:

Complete all environmental reviews and authorization decisions for major infrastructure projects within 2 years;
Adopt a One Federal Decision framework;
Actively communicate with other reviewing agencies to identify concerns, raise potential issues early in the review process, and identify solutions;
Carry out environmental reviews and authorizations concurrently;
Meet project milestones;
Continue to improve the NEPA review process and amend NEPA implementing procedures where appropriate; and
(if applicable) Participate in FERC review as a cooperating agency.

The MOU also provides a process for determining lead and cooperating agencies, and delimits the responsibilities of each agency. To enhance the streamlining process, the MOU includes measures for developing permitting timetables and conducting preliminary project planning.

The MOU reflects the President’s directive in Executive Order 13807 to improve the environmental review of major infrastructure projects. If it works as designed, it should provide proponents of major infrastructure projects with greater certainty regarding the review and approval process under NEPA.

Source: https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=fe9417d3-fb1e-4490-8100-c0622d503dd9
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Federal Legislation - Firearms
04/12/18 06:16 PM
H.R. 5461: To require records of the national instant criminal background check system to be retained for at least 90 days.

Introduced: Apr 10, 2018

Status:

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 10, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


Bill text is available at GovTrack
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GAO Reports
04/11/18 07:22 PM
In its engagements, GAO may review economic analyses that are intended to inform decision-makers and stakeholders about the economic effects of a public action. The economic analyses that GAO reviews may have been performed to meet requirements described in Executive Order or related statutes, to propose or support an action, or to examine an action that has already been taken. The purpose of this report is to inform the public about the methodology that GAO may use to assess these economic analyses.

We prepared this report under the authority of the Comptroller General to answer the question: What are key methodological elements of an economic analysis that is intended to inform decision-makers and stakeholders? We answered this question by reviewing economic elements and concepts that serve as the basis for sound economic analysis. We considered a wide range of economics documents prepared by various government agencies and institutions on how economic analysis should be performed. These documents included, among others, Circulars released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and handbooks for economic analysis from federal and international agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and HM Treasury Government of the United Kingdom. In addition, we consulted with experts on economic analysis of public actions. We synthesized economic concepts embodied in these documents into the present report for use by GAO in assessing economic analyses.

GAO’s commitment to informative and transparent economic analysis is in line with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidelines on achieving a high degree of transparency in data and methods in scientific information.

An important benefit of transparency is that the public can assess the structure of an analysis and, in particular, how much of an analytic result hinges on the specific choices made by the authors.

This transparency indicates the solidity of the analytic choices. For example, it allows the implication of these choices, related risks, and uncertainties to be readily assessed. This type of sensitivity analysis is regarded as an essential feature of high-quality analysis, and it cannot be undertaken without a high degree of transparency.

The key methodological elements we identify in this report are not intended to be exhaustive and to supplant or alter relevant federal and agency requirements for economic analysis. They simply serve to establish a sound baseline framework for the assessment of an economic analysis. GAO’s assessment methodology examines the extent to which an economic analysis properly dealt with these key elements and, accordingly, informed decision-makers and stakeholders about the economic effects analyzed.

We conducted our work from June 2017 to April 2018 in accordance with all sections of GAO’s Quality Assurance Framework that are relevant to our objectives. The framework requires that we plan and perform the engagement to obtain sufficient and appropriate evidence to meet our stated objectives and to discuss any limitations in our work. We believe that the information and data obtained, and the analysis conducted, provide a reasonable basis for any findings and conclusions in this product.

The complete GAO Report is available from the attached...
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Federal Legislation - Firearms
04/05/18 06:54 PM
To improve public safety through sensible reforms to firearms regulations.

Introduced on Mar 26, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 26, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Proposed bill text is available at GovTrack
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Federal Legislation - Firearms
04/05/18 06:49 PM
To amend title 18, United States Code, to increase the age at which a rifle or shotgun may be acquired from a federally licensed firearms dealer, and for other purposes.

Introduced on Mar 22, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 22, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Bill text is available at GovTrack
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Federal Legislation - Firearms
04/05/18 06:45 PM
H.R. 5383: Ammunition Background Check Act of 2018

To prevent the purchase of ammunition by prohibited purchasers.

Introduced on Mar 22, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 22, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Source: GovTrack
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Federal Legislation - Firearms
04/05/18 06:43 PM
S. 2607: A bill to provide family members of an individual who they fear is a danger to himself, herself, or others, or law enforcement, with new tools to prevent gun violence.

Introduced on Mar 22, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 22, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


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Federal Legislation - Firearms
04/05/18 06:38 PM
S. 2627: A bill to appropriately restrict sales of ammunition.


Introduced on Mar 22, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 22, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Source: GovTrack
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Federal Legislation
03/23/18 09:27 PM
H.Res. 794: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the national parks, national forests, and public lands and waters of the United States contribute greatly to the economic and physical well-being of Americans and can be further improved by public-private partnerships.


115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 794

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 21, 2018

Mr. Ross (for himself and Mrs. Walorski) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Natural 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

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the national parks, national forests, and public lands and waters of the United States contribute greatly to the economic and physical well-being of Americans and can be further improved by public-private partnerships.

Whereas the Federal Government owns and manages roughly 640,000,000 acres of land in the United States, including 59 national parks;

Whereas national parks, national forests, and public lands and waters conserve natural resources, preserve wildlife and cultural heritage, and are enjoyed by outdoor recreationalists from across the globe;

Whereas national parks saw a record-setting number of 331,000,000 visitors during the National Park Service’s centennial year;

Whereas Federal land agencies are struggling to address deferred maintenance costs;

Whereas public-private partnerships can help expand access to recreational areas, address backlogged maintenance, and improve infrastructure on national parks, national forests, and public lands and waters;

Whereas a strong economy and employment rate fund the programs necessary to sustain the health of national parks, national forests, and public lands and waters;

Whereas outdoor recreation and camping in the United States contribute to the gross domestic product of the United States and Americans’ physical and mental health;

Whereas outdoor recreation is the number one driver of economic activity on Federal lands;

Whereas every dollar Congress invests in the National Park Service effectively returns $10 to the United States economy;

Whereas outdoor recreation contributes $673,000,000,000 to the United States economy and supports 4,300,000 American jobs;

Whereas the American-made recreation vehicle industry is a domestic job-creating and thriving industry that contributes over $50,000,000,000 to the United States economy and supports over 300,000 American jobs; and

Whereas the growing recreation vehicle industry has a significant positive economic impact on Federal campgrounds and surrounding communities near national parks, national forests, and public lands and waters: Now, therefore, be it

That it is the sense of Congress that public-private partnerships should be utilized for—
(1)

modernizing and expanding campgrounds, increasing access to recreational areas, addressing backlogged maintenance, and improving deteriorating infrastructure in national parks, national forests, and public lands and waters; and
(2)

conserving, preserving, and respecting the national parks, national forests, and public lands and waters of the United States.

Source: GovTrack
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Federal Legislation
03/23/18 09:20 PM
S. 2587: A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to establish a program to allow States to assume certain Federal responsibilities under that Act with respect to agency actions applicable to highway projects within the States, and for other purposes.

Introduced: Mar 21, 2018
Status: Introduced on Mar 21, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 21, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Source: GovTrack
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