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Introduced in Senate (05/21/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1565


To establish a Corps of Engineers Flood Control Civilian Advisory Council, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 21, 2019

Mr. Hawley (for himself and Mr. Grassley) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


A BILL

To establish a Corps of Engineers Flood Control Civilian Advisory Council, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Corps of Engineers Flood Control Civilian Advisory Council Act”.

SEC. 2. Corps of Engineers Flood Control.

(a) Advisory Council.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—There is established a Corps of Engineers Flood Control Civilian Advisory Council (referred to in this section as the “Advisory Council”).

(2) MEMBERSHIP.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—The Advisory Council shall be composed of—

(i) 2 members from each of—

(I) the State of Montana;

(II) the State of North Dakota;

(III) the State of South Dakota;

(IV) the State of Nebraska;

(V) the State of Iowa;

(VI) the State of Kansas; and

(VII) the State of Missouri; and

(ii) representatives of—

(I) the agriculture industry;

(II) the river commerce industry; and

(III) other related industries, as determined by the President.

(B) SELECTION.—Members of the Advisory Council shall be appointed by the President, based on the recommendations of the Senators of the States described in subparagraph (A)(i).

(C) DEADLINE.—Members of the Advisory Council shall be appointed by not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

(3) MEETING.—The first meeting of the Advisory Council shall be not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

(4) DUTIES.—The Advisory Council shall—

(A) develop recommendations on how to best revise the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System Master Water Control Manual to prioritize flood control and navigation;

(B) submit to the Secretary of the Army, the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report that includes those recommendations; and

(C) make the report under subparagraph (B) publicly available.

(5) COMPENSATION.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the members of the Advisory Council shall serve without compensation.

(B) TRAVEL EXPENSES.—The members of the Advisory Council shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the Advisory Council.

(C) TREATMENT.—The members of the Advisory Council shall not be considered to be Federal employees.

(6) NO NEW FUNDS.—No new funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection.

(7) TERMINATION.—The Advisory Council shall terminate on the date that is 1 year after the date of the first meeting of the Advisory Council under paragraph (3).

(b) Revision.—To the maximum extent practicable and after considering the recommendations of the Advisory Council under subsection (a)(4), the Chief of Engineers shall revise the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System Master Water Control Manual to prioritize flood control and navigation.