Thursday, September 11, 2008

Impartial Forums for Nazi Railroad Claims & Exempting Energy Companies from State Environmental Laws: September 10, 2008

Senate and House are back in full swing of things.

In the Senate, quite an interesting bill by the Senators from New York that provides impartial forum for claims against railroads responsible for taking folks to Nazi concentration camps:

By Mr. SCHUMER (D-NY)(for himself and Mrs. CLINTON (D-NY)):
S. 3462. A bill to ensure that the courts of the United States may provide an impartial forum for claims brought by United States citizens and others against any railroad organized as a separate legal entity, arising from the deportation of United States citizens and others to Nazi concentration camps on trains owned or operated by such railroad, and by heirs and survivors of such persons; to the Committee on the Judiciary. Source: GPO [S8275]

In the House, here's a bill by Representative from Tennessee that the environmentalists will be angered by and the oil companies will be pleased about:

H.R. 6860. A bill to exempt exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas under leases on Federal lands from State environmental and pollution control laws, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. Source: GPO [H8018]

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