Capitol to Capitol | March 21, 2022


NCSL Summary of FY 2022 Omnibus Spending Bill

NCSL staff have put together a more detailed summary of the bill that funds the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2022. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Molly Ramsdell and Patrick Lawler (budgets)

Senate Passes Bill to Permanently Move US to Daylight Time

The Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 last week by unanimous consent. If passed by the House and signed by the president, the bill would move forward by one hour what is currently considered standard time by the federal government, beginning in November 2023. It would allow those states that have chosen to move to year-round daylight time, either through legislation or voter approval, to make that change. States that currently remain on standard time year-round would be allowed to continue. However, because the bill also repeals the section of federal law that changes standard time to daylight time from March to November, states would have to operate on either standard time or daylight time year-round. The bill’s fate in the House is uncertain, though matching legislation has been introduced and the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on the issue in early March. Interested in accessing NCSL’s resources on this issue? Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Ben Husch (federal activity) and Jim Reed (state activity)

Administration Releases Guidance for $775 Million in Orphaned Well Funding to States

The Department of the Interior released draft guidance to states on how to apply for $775 million in grant funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to address orphaned well-site plugging, remediation and restoration activities. The guidance outlines eligible uses of the funding, including plugging wells, reclaiming lands impacted by oil and gas development activities, and removing infrastructure associated with orphaned wells. Each state may receive up to $25 million in initial funding for eligible activities. Comments on the guidance are open until March 30, 2022. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Ben Husch and Kristen Hildreth

HHS Funding for Substance Use Treatment and Prevention Programs

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of $25.5 million in grants through two programs.

  • Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs grant program: Provides $3 million over five years for up to six grantees/state agencies, territories or tribal entities that have completed a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant plan or a similar state plan to target prescription drug misuse.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment—Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction grant program: Provides $22.6 million over five years for up to 30 grantees, with no less than $11 million to Native American tribes, tribal organizations or consortia to help expand access to medications for opioid use disorder.
NCSL Contact: Molly Ramsdell

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NCSL's Advocacy in Washington

NCSL’s Washington staff advocates on behalf of state legislatures before Congress, the White House and federal agencies in accord with the policy directives and resolutions that are recommended by the NCSL Standing Committees and adopted by the full conference at the annual NCSL Legislative Summit Business Meeting. As a result of the advocacy that is guided by these policy positions, NCSL is recognized as a formidable lobbying force in state-federal relations.

NCSL Staff in Washington, D.C.

  • Molly Ramsdell | 202-624-3584 | Director | Budget and Revenue |  Health and Human Services
  • Patrick Lawler | 202-624-8697 | Budget and Revenue
  • Susan Frederick | 202-624-3566 | Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety
  • Ben Husch | 202-624-7779 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • Kristen Hildreth | 202-624-3597 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure 
  • Jon Jukuri  | 202-624-8663 | Labor, Economic Development and International Trade
  • Austin Reid | 202-624-8678 | Education
  • Erlinda Doherty | 202-624-8698 | Commerce and Financial Services
  • Tres York | 202-624-8686 | Commerce and Financial Services