By Larry Land
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and U.S. Rep. Robert Wittman have just introduced identical legislation to be known as the “Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2013.”
For local governments, ralph lauren australiaa key provision of the legislation is the creation of a “Chesapeake Bay Program Independent Evaluator” who would review and report to Congress on the effectiveness of restoration activities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The legislation also requires the Director Ralph Lauren poloof the Office of Management and Budget to prepare a “crosscut budget” that will improve the tracking of progress of Bay restoration efforts by many different federal and state agencies within the watershed. At least 10 federal agencies, six states (and the District of Columbia) and 1,000 local governments are involved in Bay restoration efforts.
A number has not yet been assigned to Senator Warner’s bill. Congressman Wittman’s bill is H.R. 739. VACo will monitor the progress of this legislation.