UPDATE: On April 27, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1873, the 'Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act.' (More)
April 3, 2017: Western Governors have urged leadership of the House Natural Resources Committee to give an expedited review to the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act on its reintroduction.
In a letter sent on April 3, 2017, to Committee Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop and Ranking Member Rep. Raul Grijalva, WGA Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and WGA Vice Chair and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard urged leadership to expedite their review of the bipartisan legislation.
The Governors noted their previous support of similar legislation, which helps ensure reliable electricity service and reduces the risk of fires and fire hazards that result from inadequate vegetation management on power line rights-of-way. The letter emphasized that “Western Governors recognize the importance of appropriate fire management and proactive wildfire mitigation” and are “committed to safeguarding and enhancing the reliability of the region’s electric transmission grid.”