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H.R.1422: EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2014

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about environmental protection
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Sponsor Chris Stewart, R-Utah
Total Cosponsors 21 (All Republicans)
Introduced April 9, 2013
Latest Major Action Nov. 19, 2014
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Bill Summary

EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2014 - (Sec. 2) Amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to revise requirements for the Science Advisory Board, which gives scientific advice to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and address public disclosure of scientific and technical information that the EPA uses as a basis for agency actions.

Emphasizes that the Board provides such advice independently.

Revises the process of selecting members of the Board. Requires at least 10% of Board membership to represent state, local, or tribal governments. Excludes from membership any federally registered lobbyists.

Directs the Board to ensure that:

  • the points of view represented on the Board are fairly balanced among the members,
  • persons with substantial and relevant expertise are not excluded from the Board because of affiliation with or representation of entities that might have a potential...

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Nov. 19, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Nov. 18, 2014 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Nov. 18, 2014

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 229 - 191 (Roll no. 525).

Nov. 18, 2014

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 195 - 225 (Roll no. 524).

Nov. 18, 2014 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H8062)
Nov. 18, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sean Maloney motion to recommit with instructions, pending reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to prohibit people from serving on the Science Advisory Board if they represent a corporation or a trade association with a financial interest in the outcome of the Boards decisions. The reservation of the point of order was subsequently withdrawn.
Nov. 18, 2014 Mr. Maloney, Sean moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. (consideration: CR H8062-8063; text: H8062)
Nov. 18, 2014 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 756, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Stewart Part A amendment No. 1.
Nov. 18, 2014 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H8060-8064)
Nov. 18, 2014 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - The Chair announced that pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule 19, further proceedings on H.R. 1422 had been postponed.
Nov. 18, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1422.
Nov. 18, 2014 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1422, H.R. 4012 and H.R. 4795. The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 1422, H.R. 4012, and H.R. 4795. General debate is limited to 1 hour for each bill. The resolution specifies certain amendments are in order for H.R. 1422, H.R. 4012, and H.R. 4795. One motion to recommit with instructions is permitted for each bill.
Nov. 18, 2014 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 756. (consideration: CR H8050-8064; text of measure as reported in the House: CR H8050-8051)
Nov. 17, 2014 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 756 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1422, H.R. 4012 and H.R. 4795. The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 1422, H.R. 4012, and H.R. 4795. General debate is limited to 1 hour for each bill. The resolution specifies certain amendments are in order for H.R. 1422, H.R. 4012, and H.R. 4795. One motion to recommit with instructions is permitted for each bill.
July 22, 2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 119.
July 22, 2013 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. H. Rept. 113-165.
April 11, 2013 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 21 - 16.
April 11, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
April 9, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.