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S.376: Drought Information Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about science, technology, communications
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Sponsor Mark Pryor, D-Ark.
Total Cosponsors 4 (2 Democrats, 2 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 25, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 4, 2014
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Bill Progress

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Bill Summary

Drought Information Act of 2013 - Amends the National Integrated Drought Information System Act of 2006 to specify that: (1) the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere shall continue to support the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Program, and (2) the program's purpose shall be to better inform and provide for more timely decisionmaking to reduce drought related impacts and costs.

Revises NIDIS functions to require the NIDIS to, among other things: (1) provide certain information (including concerning water supplies and soil moisture), forecasts, and assessments described in the Act on both national and regional levels; and (2) continue ongoing research and monitoring activities related to drought and the role of extreme weather events and climate variability in drought.

Requires the Under Secretary to provide a report to Congress concerning the NIDIS Program that includes a list of partners with whom the Under Secretary collab...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 4, 2014 Held at the desk.
Feb. 4, 2014 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Feb. 4, 2014 Received in the House.
Feb. 3, 2014 Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR S704)
Feb. 3, 2014 The committee substitute as amended agreed to by Unanimous Consent. (text of committee substitute: CR S703-704)
Feb. 3, 2014 Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S703-704)
Oct. 28, 2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 222.
Oct. 28, 2013 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Rockefeller with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 113-114.
July 30, 2013 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Feb. 25, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.