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Legislative History and Digest of H.R. 2827


SPONSOR: Rep Saxton (R-NJ)

INTRODUCED: 12/21/95

SHORT TITLE: Sound Science for the Environment Act

OFFICIAL TITLE: A bill to consolidate and improve governmental environmental research by organizing a National Institute for the Environment, and for other purposes.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

House Action

Dec 21, 95:
Referred to the House Committee on Science.

COMPLETE BILL TEXT:
The complete bill text is available on Thomas: The Library of Congress Web Site. In Thomas, click on Full Text of Legislation, then 104th Congress Bills, then Search by Bill Number, type in hr 2827 , hit RUN QUERY, and choose the most recent version.

DIGEST (AS INTRODUCED): Sound Science for the Environment Act - Establishes as an independent agency the National Institute for the Environment to: (1) initiate, facilitate, and perform comprehensive assessments of the current state of knowledge of environmental issues and their implications; (2) establish a Center for Environmental Assessment; (3) award competitively grants and contracts for extramural scientific research; (4) establish a Directorate of Research and a universally accessible National Library for the Environment; and (5) sponsor education and training of environmental scientists and professionals and improve public environmental literacy.

Establishes a Board of Governors for the Institute.

Provides for interagency acquisition of information and establishes an Interagency Advisory Committee to ensure that the environmental efforts of the Institute and other Federal agencies are complementary.

Makes scientists, engineers, and other researchers eligible to receive funding from the Institute.

Requires the President to submit to the Congress recommendations regarding existing non-regulatory Federal programs that are appropriate for transfer to the Institute, together with legislation to effect such transfers.

COMMITTEE OF REFERRAL: House Science
SUBCOMMITTEE: Hsc Energy and Environment

ORIGINAL COSPONSORS:
Rep Boehlert - 12/21/95
Rep Weldon, C. - 12/21/95
Rep Barton - 12/21/95
Rep Goss - 12/21/95
Rep Smith, C. - 12/21/95
Rep Klug - 12/21/95
Rep Ehlers - 12/21/95
Rep Blute - 12/21/95
Rep Dellums - 12/21/95
Rep Kennedy, P. - 12/21/95
Rep Sabo - 12/21/95
Rep Olver - 12/21/95
Rep Yates - 12/21/95
Rep Ward - 12/21/95
Rep Torkildsen - 12/21/95
Rep Davis - 12/21/95
Rep Gilchrest - 12/21/95
Rep Shays - 12/21/95
Rep Morella - 12/21/95
Rep Roukema - 12/21/95

ADDITIONAL COSPONSORS:
Rep Woolsey - 01/25/96
Rep Beilenson - 01/25/96
Rep Barrett, T. - 01/25/96
Rep Underwood - 01/25/96
Rep Eshoo - 01/25/96
Rep Molinari - 01/25/96
Rep Fawell - 02/01/96
Rep Pryce - 02/01/96
Rep Minge - 02/01/96
Rep Farr - 02/01/96
Rep Quinn - 02/01/96
Rep. Leach - 02/28/96
Rep. Frazer - 02/28/96
Rep. Schroeder - 02/28/96
Rep. Kildee - 02/28/96
Rep. Ney - 02/28/96
Rep. Gonzalez - 03/04/96
Rep. Lowey - 03/12/96
Rep. Rose - 03/14/96
Rep. Vento - 03/19/96
Rep. Sanders - 03/19/96
Rep. Clyburn - 03/22/96
Rep. Hinchey - 04/17/96
Rep. Serrano - 04/17/96
Rep. Campbell - 04/24/96
Rep. Hefner - 04/29/96
Rep. Petri - 05/07/96
Rep. Brown, S. - 05/23/96
Rep. Frelinghuysen - 06/04/96
Rep. LoBiondo - 06/12/96
Rep. Edwards - 06/12/96
Rep. Flanagan - 06/25/96
Rep Boucher - 07/22/96
Rep Furse - 09/04/96

(Source: Library of Congress)


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