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H.R. 8256 (116th): Recognition of Local Interests in NEPA Decision Making

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Currently, nearly half the federal environmental lawsuits are filed in a “reliably pro-environment” California-based court circuit. Context Since 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) mandates federal agencies assess the potential environmental impact of their pending decisions prior to officially bringing them into law. Advocacy organizations and nonprofits can also file NEPA-related lawsuits in federal court, in an attempt to delay or outright block an impending agency decision on environmental grounds. On average, more than 100 such federal lawsuits are filed each year. Since most cases don’t make it all the way up to the Supreme Court, and the lower court ruling usually stands, where in the country a lawsuit is filed can make a significant difference. In the practice known as “venue shopping” or “forum shopping,” plaintiffs pick and …

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Liz Cheney

Sponsor. Representative for Wyoming At Large. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 15, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Sep 15, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 15, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


17 Cosponsors (17 Republicans)



Sep 15, 2020

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H.R. 8256 (116th) 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. 8256. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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