Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee

Responsible for all matters pertaining to air, water, energy, and land use, including water resources/management, stormwater, pesticides, air quality standards, solid, hazardous, and nuclear waste handling, transport, and disposal, national energy policy, renewable/alternative energy, alternative fuel vehicles, energy facility siting, electricity utility restructuring, pipeline safety, oil spills, superfund/brownfields, eminent domain, land use, coastal management, oceans, parks and recreation.

Policy Briefs

Latest Resources

  • Video | May. 6, 2019

    This week's video includes the meeting between President Trump and Democratic leaders to forge a path forward on infrastructure, disaster aid packages in both the House and Senate, the end of the commenting period for Property Assessed Clean Energy program and more.

  • Video | Apr. 15, 2019

    This week's video includes an update on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, efforts to repeal the 40% excise tax on high cost employer health plans set to take effect in 2022, testimony in support of the Economic Development Administration and more.

  • Video | Apr. 1, 2019

    This week's video includes the latest on the annual appropriations process, "Dear Colleague" letters in support of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program, the Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Investments Partnerships Program, the National Flood Insurance Program, new rules on overtime pay and more.

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Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee


Kitty Barnes
Catawba County, North Carolina


Vice Chair

Melissa Cribbins
Coos County, Oregon


Penelope Gross
Fairfax County, Virginia


Ronald Peters
Tulsa County, Oklahoma


Victoria Reinhardt
Ramsey County, Minnesota


Subcommittee Chair

Kathie Gannon
DeKalb County, Georgia


Sig Hutchinson
Wake County, North Carolina


Stan Ponstein
Kent County, Michigan


Dennis Scott
Police Juror
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana


Carl Zalak
Marion County, Florida


Subcommittee Vice Chair

Michael Covert
Beaufort County, South Carolina


Bryan Desloge
Leon County, Florida


Rodney Ellis
Harris County, Texas


Mike Harper
Police Juror
Beauregard Parish, Louisiana


Doug Martens
Rosebud County, Montana


Mary Jo McGuire
Ramsey County, Minnesota


Herbert Richards
Council Member
Hawaii County, Hawaii


Gregory Todd
Duchesne County, Utah


Kenton Ward
Hamilton County, Indiana



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