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Titles (3)

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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2014

Short Titles as Introduced

Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2014

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (2)

09/08/2014Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H7263-7265)
07/31/2014Introduced in House

All Actions (8)

Date Chamber
09/09/2014SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
09/08/2014-3:57pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
09/08/2014-3:57pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H7263-7265)
09/08/2014-3:46pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5309.
09/08/2014-3:46pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H7263-7267)
09/08/2014-3:46pmHouseMr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
07/31/2014HouseReferred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
07/31/2014HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (5)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48]* 07/31/2014
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]* 07/31/2014
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]* 07/31/2014
Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5]* 07/31/2014
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]* 07/31/2014

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Science, Space, and Technology07/31/2014 Referred to
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation09/09/2014 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House without amendment (09/08/2014)

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Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2014 - (Sec. 4) Amends the Tsunami Warning and Education Act to expand the tsunami forecasting and warning program operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the National Weather Service (NWS).

Consolidates separate tsunami warning systems into a single warning system capable of: (1) forecasting tsunami anywhere in the Pacific and Arctic Ocean regions and providing adequate warnings; and (2) forecasting and providing adequate warnings in areas of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Requires the system to support international tsunami forecasting and warning efforts.

Requires: (1) NOAA to support or maintain tsunami warning centers as part of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and develop uniform operational procedures for the centers, (2) warning centers to maintain a fail-safe warning capability and an ability to perform back-up duties for each other, and (3) the NWS to coordinate with the centers.

(Sec. 5) Modifies the tsunami hazard mitigation program to provide for: (1) technical and financial assistance; (2) the integration of tsunami preparedness and mitigation programs into ongoing state-based hazard warning, resilience planning, and risk management activities; (3) activities to support the development of regional risk assessments; and (4) dissemination of guidelines and standards for community planning, education, and training products, programs, and tools.

(Sec. 6) Expands the tsunami research program, including by adding a standards development component, requiring development of the technical basis for validation of tsunami maps and models, and authorizing NOAA to develop a pilot project for near-field tsunami forecast development for the west coast's Cascadia region.

(Sec. 7) Revises requirements for support of the International Tsunami Warning System and operation of the International Tsunami Information Center.

(Sec. 8) Directs NOAA to designate its Ocean Exploration Advisory Working Group to serve as the Tsunami Science and Technology Advisory Panel to provide advice on matters regarding tsunami science, technology, and regional preparedness.

(Sec. 9) Requires a report to Congress on implementation of the Act, including concerning the standardization of warnings for other coastal flooding events.

(Sec. 10) Reauthorizes the Act through FY2017.

(Sec. 11) Directs NOAA to develop formal outreach activities to improve tsunami education and awareness and foster resilient communities and convene a coordinating committee to assist in the national tsunami hazard mitigation program.