Only one NCSL Standing Committee—Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee (NRI)—is scheduled to consider policy directives and resolutions at the NCSL Capitol Forum in Phoenix, Dec. 10-12.
The NRI Business meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Any policy directive or resolution adopted in committee will be voted on at the NCSL Capitol Forum Business meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Natural Resources and Infrastructure
Animal Agriculture Production: This is an existing policy directive with an amendment proposed by Representative Mark Meek of Oregon, to strike lines 25-54, “Equine Industry and USDA Inspection of Horse Meat,” and replace with new language.
Saving America’s Pollinators: This is a new policy resolution proposed by Representative Rick Hansen of Minnesota urging Congress to pass and sign into law the Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2019, which will provide urgent and necessary regulatory restrictions and review of certain pesticides for their toxicity to pollinators.
Offshore Drilling: This is a new policy resolution proposed by Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo of Maryland calling upon the president and the Department of Interior to immediately halt the processing of permits for oil and gas exploration in all coasts; to establish a moratorium on all future leasing to expand oil and gas exploration, production and drilling in all coasts; and to maintain the regulatory enforcement of standards and oversight of existing and future offshore drilling activities established following the BP Deepwater Horizon accident.
Wildlife Corridors: This is a new policy resolution proposed by Senator Mimi Stewart of New Mexico encouraging the president and Congress to establish a national system to implement and promote wildlife corridors and crossings similar to that of the federal Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019.