H.R. 1904 - Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Monday, May 19, 2003.
FLOOR ACTION:ADOPTED BY RECORD VOTE OF 234-179 on Tuesday, May 20, 2003.
MANAGERS: HASTINGS(WA)/HASTINGS(FL)
108th Congress
1st Session

H.R. 1904 - Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003

1. Modified closed rule.

2. Provides one hour of debate in the House, with 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Agriculture, 20 equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Resources, and 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the amendment printed in Part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted.

5. Makes in order the amendment printed in Part B of the report, if offered by Representative George Miller of California or his designee, which shall be considered as read, and shall be separately debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent.

6. Waives all points of order against the amendment printed in Part B of the report.

7. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That upon the adoption of this resolution it shall be in order without intervention of any point of order to consider in the House the bill (H.R. 1904) to improve the capacity of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to plan and conduct hazardous fuels reduction projects on National Forest System lands and Bureau of Land Management lands aimed at protecting communities, watersheds, and certain other at-risk lands from catastrophic wildfire, to enhance efforts to protect watersheds and address threats to forest and rangeland health, including catastrophic wildfire, across the landscape, and for other purposes. The bill shall be considered as read for amendment. The amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except: (1) one hour of debate on the bill, as amended, with 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Agriculture, 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Resources, and 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary; (2) the further amendment printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules, if offered by Representative George Miller of California or his designee, which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order, shall be considered as read, and shall be separately debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent; and (3) one motion to recommit with or without instructions.


PART A
SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED

Goodlatte
Manager?s Amendment. Clarifies that condition class 3 and condition class 2 lands include perennial streams that feed a municipal water supply system which are at risk of substantial adverse effects on water quality. Addresses concerns that there would be no environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS) required on authorized fire risk reduction projects. Makes explicit the requirement to do an EA or an EIS. Addresses concerns that those who are interested in challenging a fire risk reduction project authorized would lose their eligibility because they didn't submit specific and substantive written comments during the preparation state of the authorized project because they didn't know about the project. Requires the US Forest Service to notice a planned project in a manner sufficient to permit interested persons to participate. Requires a court considering a motion for an injunction to both balance the short-term effects against the long-term benefits. Instead of giving deference to the Secretary's decision that the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term effects the court needs to give the Secretary's decision weight. Addresses concerns that all applicable endangered species and riparian protections are complied with. Requires the silvicultural assessment projects authorized in Title IV be peer reviewed for scientific merit. The peer review team must include non-governmental experts (i.e. the peer review team cannot be completely comprised of USFS employees).

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT(.pdf)


PART B
SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT TO BE MADE IN ORDER

Miller, George (CA)/DeFazio/Rahall/Conyers
Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute. Allows for projects within ? mile of threatened communities to be "categorically excluded" from the National Environmental Policy Act. Codifies the Bush Administration's guidance to regarding the preparation environmental documents for projects in watersheds and outside of the ? mile zone. Focuses critical federal resources on the need to protect communities. Provides for an up-front collaborative process that brings communities and federal land managers together to identify and prioritize areas most in need of thinning. Gives new authority to federal land managers to enter into cooperative agreements with local and state governments, local fire districts, and homeowner associations to plan projects across ownership boundaries. Requires that 85 percent of funding be spent around homes, communities, or in a watershed.

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT(.pdf)