About the bill
H.R. 353 improves the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to focus on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities in an effort to deliver substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, such as those associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, floods, storm surges, and wildfires.
Public Safety Prioritization - The bill directs the Administrator of NOAA to prioritize weather-related activities to protect life and property and the enhancement of the national economy in all relevant offices.
Weather Research Prioritization - The bill expands NOAA weather research activities, directing the agency to place ‘‘priority on developing more accurate, timely, and effective warnings and forecasts of high impact weather events that endanger life and property.’’ The bill also strengthens technology transfers from research to …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Apr 5, 2017
Length: 38 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted — Signed by the President on Apr 18, 2017
This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on April 18, 2017.
6 Cosponsors (5 Republicans, 1 Democrat)
What legislators are saying
“Lucas Weather Forecasting Bill Passes House and Senate”
— Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3] (Sponsor) on Apr 4, 2017
“Rep. Smith Statement on President Trumps First 100 Days”
— Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 28, 2017
“Schatz-Thune Weather Research And Forecasting Legislation Signed Into Law”
— Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] on Apr 19, 2017
This bill incorporates provisions from:
S. 570: Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017
Introduced on Mar 8, 2017. 100% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 312: Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2017
Introduced on Jan 5, 2017. 98% incorporated. (compare text)
S. 53: Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2017
Introduced on Jan 5, 2017. 91% incorporated. (compare text)
H.R. 1427: To require the Secretary of Commerce to study the coverage gaps of the Next Generation Weather Radar of the National Weather Service and to develop a plan for improving radar …
Introduced on Mar 8, 2017. 75% incorporated. (compare text)
S. 161: Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act of 2017
Introduced on Jan 17, 2017. 88% incorporated. (compare text)
Dec 1, 2016
Earlier Version — Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 1561 (114th).
Jan 6, 2017
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Jan 9, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.
Mar 29, 2017
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)
The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.
Apr 4, 2017
House Agreed to Changes
The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.
Apr 18, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President
The President signed the bill and it became law.
H.R. 353 (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. 353. 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 passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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