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HR 1179

Title: Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act
Author: Rep. Tom Rice (REP-SC)

...This bill amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to revise requirements concerning citizen suits. Litigation costs (including reasonable attorney and expert witness fees) must be awarded to the prevailing party, thus the bill removes a court's discretion to award the fees. A prevailing party is defined as the party that prevails on more than half of the claims at issue.</p> <p>The bill repeals the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny or restrict the use of any area as a disposal site for dredged or fill material when the discharge of those materials would have an unacceptable adverse effect on municipal water supplies, shellfish beds and fishery areas, wildlife, or recreational areas.</p> <p>Current law requires ...

Introduced in House 02/16/2017
Introduced in House 02/16/2017
Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 02/16/2017
Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. 02/17/2017

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08/16/2017 - HR 1179 (Introduced+in+House)
02/16/2017 - HR 1179 (Introduced+in+House)
02/16/2017 - HR 1179 (Introduced+in+House)

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    Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC)
    () - U.S. Representative

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