Virginia Referendum HR1538

On March 15, 2017, Morgan Griffith, along with Representatives Garrett, Butterfield, Mullin, and Hartzler, introduced Referendum HR1538 to the state floor. The referendum has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce committee and aims to minimize what many feel are infringements by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Hydropower Utility companies.

H. R. 1538

To amend the Federal Power Act to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to minimize infringement on the exercise and enjoyment of property rights in issuing hydropower licenses, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 15, 2017

Mr. Griffith (for himself, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Mullin, and Mrs. Hartzler) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Federal Power Act to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to minimize infringement on the exercise and enjoyment of property rights in issuing hydropower licenses, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Supporting Home Owner Rights Enforcement Act”.

SEC. 2. Hydropower licenses.

(a) Licenses.—Section 4(e) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 797(e)) is amended—

(1) by striking “and” after “recreational opportunities,”; and

(2) by inserting “, and minimizing infringement on the useful exercise and enjoyment of property rights held by nonlicensees” after “aspects of environmental quality”.

(b) Private landownership.—Section 10 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 803) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(1), by inserting “, including minimizing infringement on the useful exercise and enjoyment of property rights held by nonlicensees” after “section 4(e)”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(k) Private landownership.—In developing any recreational resource within the project boundary, the licensee shall consider private landownership as a means to encourage and facilitate—

“(1) private investment; and

“(2) increased tourism and recreational use.”.