Trump has decided to allow oil and gas companies to conduct seismic tests that could harm Atlantic whales and dolphins. Congress can act by passing my bill, the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act, to protect animals from seismic testing.
Thank you to state Sen. Barbara Favola for leading the way on this legislation to put a stop to child abuse in schools. My counterparts in Richmond often give me important ideas for bills in Washington.
The gold-standard reform is the Fair Representation Act, introduced in Congress by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.). It would slay the gerrymander once and for all by eliminating winner-takes-all, single-member districts entirely. Instead it would create large, multi-member districts with representatives chosen via ranked-choice voting, in which voters choose more than one candidate and indicate which they consider their first, second and third choice as a representative. (Maine’s experiment with ranked-choice voting worked well on Tuesday.)
Democrats will also likely focus heavily on climate change, countering the president, who recently said he believes humans aren’t the main driver of climate change. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is likely to “maintain a really strong emphasis on Earth science,” panel member Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat, told us, adding that “it was NASA that figured out that climate change was an issue in the first place.” Johnson pledged this week to “restore the credibility of the Science Committee as a place where science is respected and recognized as a crucial input to good policymaking.” Needless to say, the environmental lobby was crowing in anticipation of the new leadership.