S. 360 – A bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require States to provide for same day registration
338 – Scientific Integrity Act
Sponsor: Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Co-Sponsors: Sens. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Gary Peters (D-MI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Margaret Wood Hassan (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Edward Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Al Franken (D-MN), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Synopsis: A bill to protect scientific integrity in Federal research and policymaking, and for other purposes. S. 338 would prohibit political, ideological or financial influence upon scientific research or the communication of scientific findings.
Action: Introduced on 2/7/2017 and read twice, referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Sponsor Comments: “Few things are more un-American than censorship, especially when it would keep the public in the dark on vital public health and safety information, such as climate changed and sea level rise,” said Nelson. “Any attempt to intimidate or muzzle scientists must be stopped.”
Sponsor: Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV)
Action: Introduced in House on 2/9/2017 and referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Sponsor Comments: Kihuen calls the bill the Service Training Education and Preparation for Veterans Act. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his bill ensures “community colleges have the tools they need to best serve those who risked their lives for our country, and fill much-needed jobs.”
He went on to say that “As our service members transition out of the military, they are looking for good-paying jobs. Across the country, small businesses, startup companies and local employers are seeking a talented workforce capable of meeting the demands of today’s economy.”
H.R. 243 – Nevada Land Sovereignty Act
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV)
Synopsis: This bill prohibits any extension or establishment of national monuments in Nevada except by express authorization of Congress.
Action: Introduced in House on 1/4/2017 and referred to House Committee on Natural Resources. On 2/10/17, it was referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.
Sponsor Comments: “Whether you agree with our proposals or not, I have always supported a public and transparent process which includes input from interest groups, local communities, and elected representatives,” said Congressman Amodei. “Unlike all of our Nevada lands bills that allow stakeholders an opportunity to voice their concerns and ultimately reach a consensus agreement that achieves bipartisan support, the Obama Administration has repeatedly bypassed Congress and local input. I continue to be amazed by the fact that some people hug unilateral, non-transparent monument designations, while at the same time, protesting vehemently over the introduction and public discussion of Congressional lands bills proposals. In contrast to the last eight years of this Administration’s one-sided approach on major land management decisions in Nevada, our bill simply ensures local stakeholders have a seat at the table going forward.”