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H.R.4012: Secret Science 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 David Schweikert, R-Ariz.
Total Cosponsors 53 (All Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 6, 2014
Latest Major Action Nov. 20, 2014
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8th Nov. 30, 2014
7th Nov. 23, 2014

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Bill Summary

Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 - Amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such action is specifically identified and publicly available online in a manner sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results. Includes as a covered action a risk, exposure, or hazard assessment, criteria document, standard, limitation, regulation, regulatory impact analysis, or guidance.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Nov. 20, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Nov. 19, 2014 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Nov. 19, 2014

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 237 - 190 (Roll no. 528).

Nov. 19, 2014

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 196 - 230 (Roll no. 527).

Nov. 19, 2014 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H8101)
Nov. 19, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the E. B. Johnson (TX) motion to recommit with instructions, pending reservation of a point order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment to exempt any Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation that protects communities in an emergency, including an Ebola or pandemic flu outbreak, the release of toxic chemicals, or a nuclear, biological, or terrorist attack. Subsequently, the reservation of a point of order was removed.
Nov. 19, 2014 Ms. Johnson, E. B. moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. (consideration: CR H8100-8102; text: CR H8100-8101)
Nov. 19, 2014 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H8097)
Nov. 19, 2014 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H8100)
Nov. 19, 2014 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4012.
Nov. 19, 2014 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 756, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kennedy Part B amendment No. 2.
Nov. 19, 2014 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 756, the House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar Part B amendment No. 1.
Nov. 19, 2014 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4012.
Nov. 19, 2014 The Speaker designated the Honorable John J. Duncan, Jr. to act as Chairman of the Committee.
Nov. 19, 2014 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 756 and Rule XVIII.
Nov. 19, 2014 Rule 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. 19, 2014 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 756. (consideration: CR H8087-8103)
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.
Nov. 12, 2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 460.
Nov. 12, 2014 Reported by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. H. Rept. 113-619.
June 24, 2014 Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
June 24, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
March 5, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment.
Feb. 11, 2014 Hearings Held by the Subcommittee on Environment Prior to Referral.
Feb. 6, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.