Contrary to recent verbal and printed statements that a bill sponsored by Representative Sue Kelly to make changes in the Surface Transportation Board rules is on a “fast track” and will be acted upon soon, please note the following status report taken from GovTrack.com.
Official Title: H.R. 4870. To establish certain rules for Surface Transportation Board approval of waste management company applications to become rail carriers. Status: This bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced House bills go first to House committees that consider whether the bill should be presented to the House as a whole. The majority of bills never make it out of committee. Introduced: Mar 2, 2006 Last Action: Mar 3, 2006: Referred to the Subcommittee on Railroads. Sponsor: Rep. Sue Kelly [R-NY] (no cosponsors)
Clearly, there has been NO action since it was introduced in March and referred to the subcommittee. As stated in the Status section, the process for any House bill to move ahead in arduous and “the majority of bills never make it out of committee.”
Further, Rep. Kelly had no co-sponsors to help move the bill along or give it more impetus.
It is likely that this bill was just giving lip-service to a local constituency (see: “Kelly Introduces Legislation to Keep Waste Companies from Evading Local Environmental and Zoning Laws”) and that there is little likelihood of any action or positive results in a time frame that would help the Village of Croton-on-Hudson in dealing with the terrible consequences of having a 24/7 unregulated waste operation at 1A Croton Point Avenue.
— Ann Gallelli, Charlie Kane, Leo Wiegman, Trustees, Village of Croton-on-Hudson