WATCHING GOVERNMENT: Senate moves on OCS leasing

House passage of HR 4761 on June 29 tossed US Outer Continental Shelf legislation back to the Senate just before the Independence Day recess. The question since then was how the Senate would respond.The answer came July 12 when Majority Leader William H. Frist (R-Tenn.) announced a bipartisan agreement that builds on S. 2253, the so-called Sale 181 bill. It had been held up since its passage by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Mar. 8 while chairman Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) tried to address Florida officials’ concerns and demands by four other Gulf Coast states for a share of future revenues.Frist said that the agreement responds to Florida’s concerns by establishin...

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