National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act - H.R. 4475 / S.346

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Overview
Purpose: 
"A bill to provide for the establishment of the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System."
Primary sponsors: 
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) / Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
Latest major action: 
Senate passed S.346 by voice vote, May 17, 2018
Committee Reports: 
Summary of provisions

Selected provisions in the original Senate bill

  • Directs USGS to establish a National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System “to organize, modernize, standardize, and stabilize” the work of the nation’s volcano observatories
  • Stipulates that modernization activities should include “the comprehensive application of emerging technologies, including digital broadband seismometers, real-time continuous Global Positioning System receivers, satellite and airborne radar interferometry, acoustic pressure sensors, and spectrometry to measure gas emissions”
  • Authorizes the appropriation of “such sums as are necessary” to implement the legislation
Actions
Actions on the House bill: 
House Natural Resources Committee approved bill
Jan. 9, 2018
Bill introduced
Nov. 11, 2017
Actions on the Senate bill: 
Senate passed bill by voice vote
May 17, 2018
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved bill
March 30, 2017
Bill introduced
Feb. 8, 2017