Congress officially returned from its summer recess on Sept. 9 with the Capitol consumed by the unfolding Syrian crisis, setting aside—for the moment—a long list of legislative issues slated to be debated this fall.
Included in the mix of proposed new laws and resolutions are nine pending bills of interest to sportsmen, including legislation to protect traditional lead ammunition and fishing tackle, encourage the use of more Pittman-Robertson funds for shooting ranges, and promote hunting, recreational fishing and shooting federal public lands. Below is a roundup of these bills, including status updates and links.
H.R.1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act: Introduced on May 9 by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) with 20 co-sponsors
The proposal seeks to amend the Natural Gas Act by directing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve or deny permit requests within 12 months after providing public notice of the permit application for a natural gas pipeline project. The proposed bill requires the responsible federal agency to approve or deny any proposed pipeline project within 90 days after FERC issues its final environmental document regarding the project. A 30-day extension can be requested.