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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

Short Titles as Reported to House

Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

Short Titles as Introduced

Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to coordinate Federal and State permitting processes related to the construction of new surface water storage projects on lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture and to designate the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for permit processing, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (3)

Date Actions Overview
06/22/2017Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 233 - 180 (Roll no. 319).
06/12/2017Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 115-166.
03/21/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (27)

Date Chamber All Actions
06/26/2017SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
06/22/2017-4:33pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
06/22/2017-4:33pmHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 233 - 180 (Roll no. 319).
06/22/2017-4:24pmHouseThe House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H5087-5088)
06/22/2017-4:14pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
06/22/2017-4:13pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1654.
06/22/2017-4:13pmHouseH.Amdt.141 On agreeing to the Lowenthal amendment (A002) Failed by recorded vote: 179 - 232 (Roll no. 318).
06/22/2017-3:36pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 392, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lowenthal amendment No. 2.
06/22/2017-3:36pmHouseH.Amdt.141 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Lowenthal. (consideration: CR H5089-5094; text: CR H5089)
06/22/2017-3:36pmHouseH.Amdt.140 On agreeing to the LaMalfa amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
06/22/2017-3:26pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 392, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the LaMalfa amendment No. 1.
06/22/2017-3:26pmHouseH.Amdt.140 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. LaMalfa. (consideration: CR H5088-5089; text: CR H5088)
06/22/2017-2:41pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1654.
06/22/2017-2:40pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 392 and Rule XVIII.
06/22/2017-2:40pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Ted Poe to act as Chairman of the Committee.
06/22/2017-2:40pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 1873 and 1654, with 1 hour of general debate for each bill. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except a motion to recommit with or without instructions on each bill. Both measures will be considered read and have specified amendments.
06/22/2017-2:40pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 392. (consideration: CR H5082-5095)
06/21/2017-2:43pmHouseRule H. Res. 392 passed House.
06/20/2017-6:37pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 392 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1873 and 1654, with 1 hour of general debate for each bill. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except a motion to recommit with or without instructions on each bill. Both measures will be considered read and have specified amendments.
06/12/2017HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 111.
06/12/2017HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 115-166.
04/27/2017HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 24 - 16.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
04/27/2017HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
04/27/2017HouseSubcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans Discharged.
03/27/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
03/21/2017HouseReferred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
03/21/2017HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (8)


Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Natural Resources03/21/2017 Referred to
04/27/2017 Markup by
06/12/2017 Reported by H. Rept. 115-166
House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans03/27/2017 Referred to
04/27/2017 Discharged from
Senate Energy and Natural Resources06/26/2017 Referred to

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Latest Summary (3)

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Passed House amended (06/22/2017)

Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

(Sec. 3) This bill establishes the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for purposes of coordinating all reviews, permits, licenses, or other approvals or decisions (reviews) required under federal law to construct new surface water storage projects in the states covered under the Reclamation Act on lands administered by the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture, including state-led projects, exclusive of any easement, right-of-way, lease, or any private holding, unless the project applicant elects not to participate in the process authorized by this bill (qualifying projects).

The Bureau: (1) upon receipt of an application for a qualifying project, shall identify any federal agency that may have jurisdiction over a required review; and (2) shall notify such agency that it has been designated as a cooperating agency unless specified conditions apply.

A state in which a qualifying project is being considered may choose to: (1) participate as a cooperating agency; and (2) make subject to the processes of this bill all state agencies that have jurisdiction over the project, are required to conduct or issue a review, or are required to make a determination on issuing a permit, license, or approval for the qualifying project.

(Sec. 4) The principal responsibilities of the Bureau are to: (1) serve as the point of contact for applicants, state agencies, Indian tribes, and others regarding qualifying projects; (2) coordinate preparation of unified environmental documentation that will serve as the basis for all federal decisions necessary to authorize the use of federal lands for qualifying projects; and (3) coordinate all federal agency reviews necessary for the development and construction of qualifying projects.

The Bureau shall notify cooperating agencies of proposed qualifying projects by 30 days after receipt of a proposal and facilitate a pre-application meeting for prospective applicants, relevant federal and state agencies, and Indian tribes to: (1) explain applicable processes, data requirements, and applicant submissions necessary to complete the required federal agency reviews within the time frame established; and (2) establish the schedule for the qualifying project.

The Bureau shall work with the qualifying project applicant and cooperating agencies to establish a project schedule. In establishing the schedule, it shall consider:

  • the responsibilities of cooperating agencies under applicable laws and regulations;
  • the resources available to such agencies and the non-federal qualifying project sponsor;
  • the overall size, complexity, schedule for, and cost of the qualifying project; and
  • the sensitivity of the natural and historic resources that may be affected.

The Bureau must:

  • prepare a unified environmental review document on which all cooperating agencies shall base project approval decisions;
  • help ensure that cooperating agencies make necessary decisions regarding environmental compliance in accordance with specified time lines;
  • maintain a consolidated administrative record of the information assembled and used by the cooperating agencies as the basis for agency decisions;
  • ensure that all project data is submitted and maintained in generally accessible electronic format and make such project data available to cooperating agencies, the qualifying project applicant, and the public; and
  • appoint a project manager for each qualifying project.

(Sec. 5) Each cooperating agency must submit to the Bureau: (1) a time frame for completing the agency's authorizing responsibilities, (2) all environmental review material produced in the course of carrying out activities required under federal law, consistent with the project schedule, and (3) all relevant project data in a generally accessible electronic format.

(Sec. 6) The Department of the Interior, after public notice, may accept and expend funds contributed by a non-federal public entity to expedite the evaluation of a permit of that entity related to a qualifying project. Interior must ensure that all final permit decisions are made available to the public, including on the Internet.