H.R. 5194: Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2010

H.R. 5194

Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2010

Date
September 22, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 5194 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage, on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.  H.R. 5194 was introduced on April 29, 2010, by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which reported the bill by unanimous consent on July 22, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5194 would designate a currently unnamed peak located 0.6 miles northeast of Donahue Peak on the northern border of the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite National Park as “Mt. Andrea Lawrence.”  The peak would be referred to as such on new maps or regulations created by the federal government.

Background

According to House Report 111-595, Andrea Mead Lawrence was born in Rutland County, Vermont, in 1932.  She competed in alpine skiing events in two World Championships and three Olympics, including the 1952 Olympics in Oslo, Norway, where she won two Gold Medals in the slalom and giant slalom.  Lawrence lit the torch at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California.  In 1968, she moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  She eventually founded a number of environmental organizations, including the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers.  According to the House Report, “She also served as a member of the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District, which sought to reduce pollution caused by the draining of Owens Lake by the Metropolitan Water District in Southern California.”   She also testified in favor of the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act, which became law in 2009 and created four new wilderness areas, addling 503,000 acres of new federally-protect wilderness at a cost of $6 million over five years.

Cost

According to CBO, “H.R. 5194 would have no significant effect on the federal budget.”