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Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)
S.395

Latest Title: Better Use of Light Bulbs Act
Sponsor: Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] (introduced 2/17/2011)      Cosponsors (27)
Related Bills: H.R.91
Latest Major Action: 3/10/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Date of scheduled hearing. SD-366. 9:30 a.m.

SUMMARY AS OF:

2/17/2011--Introduced.

Better Use of Light Bulbs Act - Repeals provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 concerning lighting energy efficiency, including provisions that: (1) prescribe energy efficiency standards for general service incandescent lamps, rough service lamps, and other designated lamps; (2) direct the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to conduct and report to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on an annual assessment of the market for general service lamps and compact fluorescent lamps; (3) direct the Secretary to carry out a proactive national program of consumer awareness, information, and education about lamp labels and energy-efficient lighting choices; (4) prohibit a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or private labeler from distributing in commerce specified adapters for incandescent lamps; (5) authorize the Secretary to carry out a lighting technology research and development program; (6) set forth minimum energy efficiency standards for incandescent reflector lamps; (7) sets forth requirements for the use of energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs in public building construction, alteration, and acquisition; and (8) require metal halide lamp fixtures and energy efficiency labeling for designated consumer electronic products to be included within the Energy Policy and Conservation Act's (EPCA) regulatory oversight.

Provides that EPCA shall be applied and administered as if such provisions had not been enacted.


 

Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)
S.398

Latest Title: Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM] (introduced 2/17/2011)      Cosponsors (10)
Related Bills: H.R.482S.156
Latest Major Action: 3/10/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Date of scheduled hearing. SD-366. 9:30 a.m.


 

Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)
S.400


Latest Title: A bill to amend the Federal Power Act to ensure that rates and charges for electric energy are assessed in proportion to measurable reliability or economic benefit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Corker, Bob [TN] (introduced 2/17/2011)      Cosponsors (7)
Latest Major Action: 2/17/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)
S.272

Latest Title: EPA Fair Play Act
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify and confirm the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to deny or restrict the use of defined areas as disposal sites for the discharge of dredged or fill material.
Sponsor: Sen Manchin, Joe, III [WV] (introduced 2/3/2011)      Cosponsors (8)
Latest Major Action: 2/3/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


 

Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)

S.74
Latest Title: Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011
Sponsor: Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] (introduced 1/25/2011)      Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 1/25/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

SUMMARY AS OF:
1/25/2011--Introduced.

Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011 - Amends title II (Common Carriers) of the Communications Act of 1934 to add the following provisions (commonly referred to as net neutrality provisions) prohibiting a broadband Internet access service provider (B-IASP) from unreasonably: (1) interfering with an end user's ability to use or offer lawful content (including fair use), applications, or services (CASs), or to use or connect to harmless legal devices; (2) interfering with competition among network or CAS providers; (3) discriminating against lawful CASs, or service providers, or preferring affiliated CASs, as specified; (4) charging for access to end users based on differing levels of quality of service (QOS) or prioritized delivery of Internet protocol (IP) packets (pay-for-priority); (5) prioritizing among or between CASs unless requested by the end user; (6) installing functions or capabilities that interfere with compliance; and (7) refusing to interconnect on reasonable terms and conditions.


 

Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)
H.R.96

Latest Title: Internet Freedom Act
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 1/5/2011)      Cosponsors (68)
Related Bills: H.R.166
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
2/1/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

SUMMARY AS OF:
1/5/2011--Introduced.

Internet Freedom Act - Prohibits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from proposing, promulgating, or issuing any regulations with regard to the Internet or IP-enabled services.

Makes such prohibition non-applicable to regulations that are determined necessary to: (1) prevent damage to U.S. national security; (2) ensure public safety; or (3) assist or facilitate any actions taken by federal and state law enforcement agencies.


 

Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)
S.228

Latest Title: A bill to preempt regulation of, action relating to, or consideration of greenhouse gases under Federal and common law on enactment of a Federal policy to mitigate climate change.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 1/31/2011)      Cosponsors (10)
Latest Major Action: 1/31/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


 

Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)
S.231

Latest Title: A bill to suspend, until the end of the 2-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, any Environmental Protection Agency action under the Clean Air Act with respect to carbon dioxide or methane pursuant to certain proceedings, other than with respect to motor vehicle emissions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 1/31/2011)      Cosponsors (6)
Latest Major Action: 1/31/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

SUMMARY AS OF:
1/31/2011--Introduced.
EPA Stationary Source Regulations Suspension Act - Prohibits the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), until the end of the two-year period beginning after this Act's enactment, from taking any action under the Clean Air Act (CAA) with respect to any stationary source permitting requirement or requirement concerning standards of performance for new stationary sources relating to carbon dioxide or methane.
Prohibits any action taken by the Administrator before the end of such period (including any action before enactment of this Act) from being considered to make carbon dioxide or methane a pollutant subject to regulation under the CAA for any source other than a new motor vehicle or new motor vehicle engine.
Exempts from such prohibitions: (1) any action under the CAA's emission standards for motor vehicles, (2) any action relating to the preparation of a report or the enforcement of a reporting requirement, or (3) any action relating to the provision of technical support at a state's request.


 

Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)
S.297

Latest Title: Antideficiency Act
A bill to amend section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934 to provide that funds received as universal service contributions and the universal service support programs established pursuant to that section are not subject to certain provisions of title 31, United States Code, commonly known as the Antideficiency Act.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 2/7/2011)      Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 2/7/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

SUMMARY AS OF:
2/7/2011--Introduced.
Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to make federal provisions prohibiting the obligation or expenditure of funds either in excess of appropriated amounts or in violation of sequestration orders under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1986 inapplicable to: (1) any amount collected or received as federal universal service contributions, or (2) the expenditure or obligation of amounts attributable to such contributions.


 

Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)
H.R.153

Latest Title: Ensuring Affordable Energy Act
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 1/5/2011)      Cosponsors (46)
Latest Major Action: 2/1/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
Ensuring Affordable Energy Act - Prohibits any funds appropriated or otherwise available for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from being used to implement or enforce: (1) a cap-and-trade program; or (2) any statutory or regulatory requirement pertaining to emissions of one or more greenhouse gases from stationary sources that is issued or becomes applicable or effective after January 1, 2011.

Defines: (1) "cap-and-trade program" as any regulatory program established after the date of enactment of this Act that provides for the sale, auction, or other distribution of a limited amount of allowances that permit the emission of one or more greenhouse gases; and (2) "greenhouse gas" to include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur hexafluoride, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or any other designated anthropogenic gas.

Upton, Walden Opening Statement on Network Neutrality and Internet Regulations

February 16, 2011
http://energycommerce.house.gov/news/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=8235