Senate Bill 346
115th Congress(2017-2018)
National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act
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Amendments
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Passed Senate on May 17, 2018
Overview
Text
Introduced
Feb 8, 2017
Latest Action
May 21, 2018
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
346
Congress
115
Policy Area
Emergency Management
Emergency Management
Primary focus of measure is emergency planning; response to civil disturbances, natural and other disasters, including fires; emergency communications; security preparedness.
Sponsorship by Party
Alaska
Washington
Passed
May 17, 2018
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with amendments by Voice Vote.(text as passed Senate: CR S3777-3778)
Summary

National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act

This bill directs the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to establish the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System to monitor, issue warnings of, and protect U.S. citizens from undue and avoidable harm from, volcanic activity.

The purposes of the system are to: (1) organize, modernize, standardize, and stabilize the monitoring systems of U.S. volcano observatories; and (2) unify such systems into a single interoperative system. The objective of the system is to monitor all U.S. volcanoes at a level commensurate with the threat posed by the volcanoes by: (1) upgrading existing networks on monitored volcanoes, (2) installing new networks on unmonitored volcanoes, and (3) employing geodetic and other components when applicable.

The system shall include: (1) a national volcano watch office that is operational 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, (2) a national volcano data center, (3) an external grants program to support research in volcano monitoring science and technology, and (4) modernization activities including the comprehensive application of emerging technologies.

The USGS must: (1) submit to Congress a five-year management plan for establishing and operating the system, and (2) establish an advisory committee to assist in implementing the system.

The USGS may enter into cooperative agreements designating institutions of higher education and state agencies as volcano observatory partners for the system.

Text (3)
June 15, 2017
February 8, 2017
Amendments (1)
May 17, 2018
Agreed to in Senate
1
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 2252
To modify the authorization of appropriations.
Agreed To
Actions (12)
05/21/2018
Held at the desk.
05/21/2018
Received in the House.
05/21/2018
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
05/17/2018
Passed Senate with amendments by Voice Vote. (text as passed Senate: CR S3777-3778)
05/17/2018
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with amendments by Voice Vote.(text as passed Senate: CR S3777-3778)
05/17/2018
The committee amendments agreed to by Unanimous Consent. (text of measure as reported to Senate: CR S3776-3777)
05/17/2018
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S3776-3778)
06/15/2017
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 150.
06/15/2017
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Murkowski with amendments. With written report No. 115-113.
03/30/2017
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably.
02/08/2017
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S968-969)
02/08/2017
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Feb 9, 2017 8:35:58 AM
Updated
Feb 1, 2021 10:22:00 PM