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Action on Bill to Exempt Fire Hydrants from Lead Requirement

With 2014 quickly approaching, we share details on 2013 legislative activity in this week’s Monday Morning Word from Washington

What to Watch

• Action on a House bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt fire hydrants from lead requirement (HR 3588).

• Possible action on a bill (HR 3309) to address “patent trolls.” The White House is backing a similar bill that was introduced in the Senate (S 1720).
 

This Week in Washington

• The Senate is still on recess and will reconvene on December 9. The House has 8 more scheduled legislative days in 2013.

• The House returns today and will begin their year-end legislative push.

• This afternoon, the House will begin consideration of HR 3588. This bill was introduced on November 21 in response to an EPA rule that would require fire hydrants to meet lead requirements. HR 3588 would exempt fire hydrants from the rule.

• A complete House schedule can be found here.
 

Deadlines

• Today, comments are due for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) notice of proposed rulemaking on the implementation of a standard estimating procedure for state and local government FEMA grant funded large projects needed for responding to and recovering from Presidentially-declared emergencies and other disasters: http://1.usa.gov/18U1IYr

• The FY 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application period closes this week. Applications are due on Friday, December 6: http://1.usa.gov/1hnUxLX. Application assistance tools available here: http://1.usa.gov/17p5I2R
 

In the News

• Washington Post Coverage of the 2013 legislative year: http://tinyurl.com/mznlym9
 

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