HB157: Amend Environmental Laws

The Votes

Voting For:

SENATE: Jim Davis (R), Tom Apodaca (R), Ralph Hise (R), Warren Daniel (R) 

HOUSE: Hugh Blackwell (R), Josh Dobson (R), Mike Hagar (R), Jonathan Jordan (R), Chuck McGrady (R), Michele Presnell (R), Roger West (R), Chris Whitmire (R)

Voting Against:

SENATE: Terry Van Duyn (D)

HOUSE: John Ager (D), Susan Fisher (D), Joe Sam Queen (D), Brian Turner (D)  

Not Voting:

SENATE: Dan Soucek (R), excused absence

Summary: HB157  "Fast Track Fracking" authorizes the Governor to send an official from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to act on the Governor's behalf at meetings of the Interstate Mining Commission. Make changes to the statues governing recycled and recovered materials.Make several technical corrections and clarifications to the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014. Make various changes that pertain to the membership of the Energy Policy Council. Effective retroactively to July 2, 2012, clarify that the Environmental Management Commission is only required to adopt a rule on air toxics from drilling operations associated with oil and gas activities if it determines that the State's current air toxics program, and any applicable federal regulations adopted by the State by reference, are inadequate. Click here for official bill history, bill text, and vote records.

Status:  Introduced in the house on 03/04/2015, referred to House committee on environment, Ref To House Com On Environment, House Re-ref Com On Finance, House Re-ref Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House, Ref To Senate  Com On Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources, 03/16/2015  Ratified, Signed by Gov. McCrory 3/16/2015

WNC Legislators sponsoring the bill: None