Natural Resources and Infrastructure

Natural Resources and Infrastructure

Natural ResourcesThe Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is one of eight NCSL Standing Committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff to learn about and share information regarding programs and initiatives in other states. In particular, this committee has jurisdiction over state and federal energy, environment, agriculture and transportation programs, legislation, regulations and policies.

Ever wonder what the NCSL Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is up to? Check out our one-stop-shop for all NRI Committee resources on our Committee Resources Page.


NEWSSenate Committee Leaders Announce Agreement for Six-Year SurfaceTransportation Bill 

On April 10, the Senate transportation leaders announced that they have agreed on principles to reauthorize federal spending on surface transportation at current levels plus inflation for six years. However their agreement does not include a funding mechanism, which is under the jurisdiction of the Senate Finance committee. See NCSL's Info Alert 





summit logoNCSL is in the planning stages for our 2014 Annual Legislative Summit, taking place this year in Minneapolis, MN Aug. 19-22. The NRI Committee will be meeting for a number of informative sessions covering agricutlure, energy, environment and transportation issues. The Agriculture Task Force and the Energy Supply Task Force will be meeting as well. Check back soon for more details! Click Continue to see NRI Committee resources from past meetings, including the most recent Fall Forum. 




The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee bases all of its federal advocacy work on the policy directives and resolutions that have been approved on both the committee and conference level. The policies are as of the 2013 Legislative Summit, Aug. 15, 2013. Click continue below to access all NRI Committee polices.




BUDGETThe NCSL NRI Committee maintains an overview page of agriculture,environment, energy and transportation program funding in the recently enacted Omnibus appropriations, the president's FY 2015 and as Congressional appropriation committees begin work on their FY 2015 bills. The page is updated regularly, as the appropriation process is ongoing.




CAPITOL DOMEOn March 10 NCSL sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy regarding Rep. Shimkus' draft bill, the Chemicals in Commerce Act. NCSL strongly opposes the bill, as currently drafted, due to its aggresive preemption of state laws aimed at protecting citizens from toxic chemicals. We urge you to call your representatives, specifically those on the Energy and Commerce Committee, to oppose the Chemicals in Commerce Act. See our Action Alert for talking points. 




newsletter The NRI Committee provides 3 monthly newsletters to its members focused on energy/agriculture, environment and transportation news. NCSL's Agriculture and Energy Newsletter and NCSL's Environment Update and the new Transportation Update track federal news, policies, legislation and more. Want both state and federal news? NCSL's Transport Report highlights all things transportation at both the state and federal levels, and our newest newsletter, Plugged In, does the same for energy. Each newsletter is monthly: March Issues are now available!



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