January 24, 2017 – Bills Released from Committee for Voting in the Senate

The following bills have been released from their respective committees to be voted upon.

RELATING TO COMMUNICATIONS

  1. S. 174 – The Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2017 was released from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The bill is to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission in order to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens.The bill was ordered to be reported without amendment, favorably.  This bill is related to H. R.  599. 
  2. S. 134 – Spoofing Prevention Act of 2017. This bill is to expand the prohibition of misleading or inaccurate phone numbers and caller identification, and for other purposes. This bill was released from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with an amendment, favorably. This bill is related to H.R. 423.
  3. S. 123 – Kari’s Law Act of 2017. This bill is to require multi-line telephone systems to have a default configuration that permits uses to directly call 9-1-1 without “dialing out,” and for other purposes. The bill was released from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation without an amendment, favorably. This bill is related to H.R. 582. 
  4. S. 102 – Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act of 2017. This bill is to direct the Federal Communications Commission to commence proceedings related to the resiliency of critical communication networks during emergencies, and for other purposes. The bill was released from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with an amendment, favorably. This bill is related to H.R. 588. 
  5. S. 96 – Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017. This bill is to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure the integrity of voice communications and to prevent discrimination among areas of the United States regarding delivery of voice calls. The bill was released by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation without amendments, favorably. This bill is related to H.R. 460. 
  6. S. 88 – The DIGIT Act. The bill is to ensure appropriate planning and interagency coordination to support the Internet of Things. The bill was released by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation without amendments, favorably.
  7. S. 19 – MOBILE NOW Act. This bill is to provide opportunities for broadband investment, and for other purposes. The bill was released by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with one amendment, favorably.

RELATING TO ELDER ABUSE

  1. S. 81 – Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. The bill is to establish an advisory office within the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission to prevent fraud that targets seniors, and for other purposes. The bill was released by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation without amendments, favorably. The bill is identical to H.R. 444.

RELATING TO SCIENCE

  1. S. 171 – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments and Hydrographic Services Improvement Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2017. This bill was released from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with an amendment, favorably. This bill is related to H. R. 221. 
  2. S. 141 – Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act. This bill aims to improve the understanding and forecasting of space weather events, and for other purposes. The bill was released from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with one amendment, favorably.
  3. S. 129 – National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2017. This bill reauthorizes the program through Fiscal Year 2022. The bill was released from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with no amendments, favorably.
  4. S. 110 – Digital Coast Act. This bill requires the Secretary of Commerce, acting through NOAA, to crate a program to provide a digital information platform to aid with collection of geospatial data and to manage the coastal region, and for other purposes. The bill was released from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with no amendments, favorably.

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION

  1. S. 168 –  Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act. The bill is to amend and enhance certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation. Particularly ballast water regulations, reception facilities, and materials released from any vessel to the ocean as part of normal operations. The bill was released from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation without amendment, favorably.
  2. S. 89 – This bill is to exempt old vessels that only operated within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners make annual structural alterations to at lest 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fireproof materials, and for other purposes. The bill was released from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation without amendment, favorably.

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