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H.R. 5994 (116th): Built to Last Act of 2020


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 27, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5994

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 27, 2020

(for himself, Mrs. Fletcher, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Lynch, Mr. Soto, Ms. DelBene, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Lipinski, and Mr. Fitzpatrick) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

A BILL

To require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to identify a consistent, Federal set of best available forward-looking meteorological information and to require the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to convene an effort to make such set available, with advice and technical assistance, to standards-developing organizations, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Built to Last Act of 2020.

2.

Identification and dissemination of consistent, Federal set of best available forward-looking meteorological information

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Director

The term Director means the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

(2)

Under Secretary

The term Under Secretary means the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

(3)

Extreme weather

The term extreme weather includes observed or anticipated severe and unseasonable atmospheric conditions, including drought, heavy precipitation, hurricanes, tornadoes and other windstorms (including derechos), extreme heat, extreme cold, flooding, sustained temperatures or precipitation that deviate substantially from historical averages, and any other weather event that the Under Secretary determines qualifies as extreme weather.

(4)

Other environmental trends

The term other environmental trends means wildfires, coastal flooding, inland flooding, land subsidence, rising sea levels, and any other challenges relating to changes in environmental systems over time that the Under Secretary determines qualify as environmental challenges other than extreme weather.

(5)

Mitigation Framework Leadership Group

The term Mitigation Framework Leadership Group means the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group established pursuant to the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–295; 6 U.S.C. 701 note), or successor group.

(6)

United States Global Change Research Program

The term United States Global Change Research Program means the United States Global Change Research Program established under section 103 of the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (15 U.S.C. 2933).

(7)

Long-term

The term long-term shall have such meaning as the Director, in consultation with the Under Secretary, considers appropriate for purposes of this section.

(b)

Identification of consistent, Federal set of best available meteorological information

(1)

In general

The Under Secretary shall identify and support research that enables, a consistent, Federal set of forward-looking long-term meteorological information that—

(A)

models future extreme weather events, other environmental trends, projections, and up-to-date observations; and

(B)

is suitable for use under subsection (c).

(2)

Mesoscale meteorological information

When the Under Secretary determines appropriate or upon request of the Director, the Under Secretary shall provide the Director with mesoscale meteorological information that is suitable for use under subsection (c).

(c)

Advice, technical assistance, and dissemination

(1)

In general

The Director shall, in consultation with the Under Secretary—

(A)

make available to the public information identified under subsection (b);

(B)

identify Federal and non-Federal efforts to develop and adopt standards, building codes, and voluntary certifications; and

(C)

using the best available, consistent, Federal set of forward-looking long-term meteorological information identified under subsection (b)—

(i)

advise and provide technical assistance to organizations that develop standards, model building codes, or voluntary certifications in order for such organizations to appropriately incorporate forward-looking long-term meteorological information into such standards, building codes, and voluntary certifications; and

(ii)

take appropriate steps to make information identified under subsection (b) available to the entities described in clause (i) developing such standards, model building codes, and voluntary certifications.

(2)

Requirement

The Director shall carry out paragraph (1) through each of the following:

(A)

The Fire Research Center, established under section 16 of the Act entitled An Act to establish the National Bureau of Standards, approved March 3, 1901 (15 U.S.C. 278f).

(B)

The National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, established under section 204 of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act of 2004 (42 U.S.C. 15703).

(C)

Such other authorizations as the Director considers appropriate.

(d)

Working group

In order to identify and support research that enable information as required under subsection (b), the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in coordination with the United States Global Change Research Program and the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, shall designate a working group consisting of representatives from such Federal agencies as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy considers appropriate.