Wednesday, November 3, 2021

House Committee Meets Nov. 8 To Consider Resolution To Kill Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Regulation, Even Though Time For Action Has Expired

House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet November 8 on a Senate Concurrent Resolution disapproving of the final regulation limiting carbon emissions from power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The time for House action on a resolution like this under the Regulatory Review Act expired in October.  The House had 30 calendar days or 10 legislative days from September 2 [Read more here] to consider a resolution under the Act.

There is no provision in the Regulatory Review Act for a second time period to act on the resolution.

The law says, “If either committee reports a concurrent resolution before the expiration of the 14-day period, the Senate and the House of Representatives shall each have 30 calendar days or ten legislative days, whichever is longer, from the date on which the concurrent resolution has been reported, to adopt the concurrent resolution.”

This is not even debatable, but this Senate and House do what they want.

On October 27, the Senate voted 32 to 18, just short of a veto-proof margin, to adopt the concurrent resolution to block the regulations, within its time period for action.

The meeting will be held in Room G-50 of the Irvis Building at the Call of the Chair, which means it could be held any time after voting session begins on November 8.   Click Here to watch online.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) serves as Majority Chair of the House Environmental Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-783-1707 or sending email to: Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-7647 or sending email to:

Related Articles:

-- Senate Passes Resolution To Block Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Regulations; Now Goes To House

-- How Did We Get Here: Background On The Final EQB Regulation Reducing Carbon Pollution From Power Plants [RGGI] 

[Posted: November 3, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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