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H.R. 1873 (115th): Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 1873 amends the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution facilities on Federal lands by facilitating vegetation management on such lands. Specifically, the goal of H.R. 1873 is to ensure reliable electricity service and reduce the risk of fires and fire hazards caused by inadequate vegetation management in and adjacent to power line rights-of-way (ROW) on some federally managed lands. H.R. 1873 seeks to reduce such wildfires, in part, by promoting federal consistency, accountability, and timely decision-making as it relates to protecting electricity transmission and distribution lines on some federal lands from hazard trees

H.R. 1873 provides utilities with the ability to rapidly ...

Sponsor and status

Doug LaMalfa

Sponsor. Representative for California's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 22, 2017
Length: 13 pages
Apr 4, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on June 21, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

LaMalfas Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act Becomes Law
    — Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1] (Sponsor) on Apr 13, 2018

H.R. 1873 Hazard Tree Removal
    — Rep. Tom McClintock [R-CA4] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 21, 2017

On the House Floor This Week - 6/19/2017
    — Rep. John Delaney [D-MD6, 2013-2018] on Jun 19, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 1873 will add $12 million in new spending through 2022.


Apr 4, 2017

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Apr 26, 2017
Considered by House Committee on Natural Resources

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Apr 27, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Jun 12, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Natural Resources

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Jun 21, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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Sep 19, 2017
Considered by Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

H.R. 1873 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1873. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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