Friday, June 19, 2015

Bills Introduced – 06-18-15

There were 73 bills introduced in the House and Senate yesterday. Of those four may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

S 1608 A bill to protect the safety of the national airspace system from the hazardous operation of consumer drones, and for other purposes. Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]

S 1611 A bill to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for other purposes. Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]

S 1619 An original bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes. Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]

S 1634 A bill to amend the Federal antitrust laws to provide expanded coverage and to eliminate exemptions from such laws that are contrary to the public interest with respect to railroads. Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]

Unless Feinstein’s drone bill specifically addresses critical infrastructure this will probably be the last mention of this bill.

The House version of S 1611 did not contain any references to chemical transportation safety or security and neither will this version (likely). We will see.

The DHS spending bill and its report from the Senate Appropriations Committee has already been printed by the GPO. I’ll probably have a review prepared later today.

Klobuchar’s railroad antitrust bill may be of specific interest to chemical shippers but I won’t cover the bill unless there are specific mentions of chemical shipping provisions.

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