Barton Bill Could Get Full Energy Panel Markup This Week

Emergency legislation designed to provide relief to the troubled California wholesale energy markets could get consideration by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee this week, a Capitol Hill staffer told NGI last week.

The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on energy and air quality recently voted 17-13 to forward the bill, "The Electricity Emergency Relief Act," to the full panel (see NGI, May 14). The bill is sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX).

Barton spokeswoman Samantha Jordan said that a markup on the measure by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee is "probably more likely than not" to occur this week.

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