AWE Legislative Watch

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The Alliance for Water Efficiency is pleased to monitor U.S. federal and state-level legislation and inform its members of bills relating to water conservation and efficiency. 

The 116th US Congress is the current meeting of the legislative branch of the US federal government, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. It meets in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2019 to January 3, 2021. 

Bills of interest will be posted as the Congress takes action, and they come to our attention. Check back often for updates.

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U.S. House of Representatives

116th Congress

  • H.R. 34 - Energy and Water Research Integration Act of 2019 
  • H.R. 105 - Energy Efficiency Free Market Act of 2019 

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H.R. 34 - Energy and Water Research Integration Act of 2019 

Status: Introduced in the House and referred to committee.

Purpose: To require the Department of Energy to consider water use in energy research and development.

Sponsor: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Summary: This bill would require the Energy Department to consider water conservation and efficiency in the development of new energy technologies. It would also encourage the use of alternative water sources that do not compete with drinking water supplies, including brackish water or oilfield waste water along with the use of demonstration programs to help guarantee efficient, reliable, and sustainable delivery of energy and clean water resources. (Full Text)

History: This bill was introduced on January 3, 2019 and referred to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. It is similar to bills introduced by Rep. Johnson in each of the past three Congresses. Those measures were not acted on in committee.

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H.R. 105 - Energy Efficiency Free Market Act of 2019 

Status: Introduced in the House and referred to committee.

Purpose: To repeal all federal energy and water conservation standards.

Sponsor: Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)

Summary: This bill would repeal Section 325 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, which imposes energy and water conservation standards for consumer products, including toilets, faucets and showerheads. It would also prohibit state or federal agencies from adopting or continuing to enforce “any requirement to comply with a standard for energy conservation or water efficiency with respect to a product.” (Full Text)

History: This bill was introduced on January 3, 2019 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It is similar to bills introduced by Rep. Burgess in each of the past two Congresses. Those measures were not acted on in committee.

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U.S. Senate

116th Congress

  • Bills to be posted as made known. Check back often for updates. 
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Parliament of Canada

42nd Parliament, 1st Session

  • Bills to be posted as made known. Check back often for updates. 
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Links:

  • GovTrack.us - An independent tool to help the public research and track the activities in the U.S. Congress. 
  • THOMAS - Library of Congress site offering federal legislative information freely to the public. 
  • Parliament of Canada LEGISinfo - Research tool for finding information on legislation before Parliament.