Friday, March 17, 2023

Bills Introduced – 3-16-23

Yesterday, with just the Senate in session, there were 49 bills introduced. Three of those bills may received additional coverage in this blog 

S 834 A bill to amend the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 to reauthorize the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority, and for other purposes. Bennet, Michael F. [Sen.-D-CO]

S 844 A bill to authorize the declaration of a hazardous train event, and for other purposes. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [Sen.-D-PA]

S 870 A bill to amend the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 to authorize appropriations for the United States Fire Administration and firefighter assistance grant programs. Peters, Gary C. [Sen.-D-MI]

I will be covering S 844.

I will be watching S 834 for language and definitions that would specifically include agricultural cybersecurity research efforts within the scope of the reauthorization. I am not, however, going to hold my breath.

Considering that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has already considered and recommended S 559, a reauthorization for the US Fire Administration, it is odd that Peters (who is the Chair of that committee) would introduced a new bill, S 870, on the same topic. So, I will be watching this bill to see what is going on, but I am not sure that it will be anything worth mentioning here.

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