Legislation

Legislation can have many purposes: to regulate, to authorize, to proscribe, to provide (funds), to sanction, to grant, to declare or to restrict. The most common forms of legislation IOGCC concerns itself with are resolutions, bills and statutes.
Resolutions: The “official expression of the opinion or will of a legislative body.” Resolutions can be issued by federal, state, and interstate forms of government.  Other entities, such as associations and nonprofit entities comprised of regulatory officials, will issue resolutions to demonstrate policy positions. In the case of the IOGCC, resolutions are issued as an interstate form of government.
IOGCC Resolutions: IOGCC Resolutions represent the collective voice of the governors of the member and associate member states of the IOGCC.  IOGCC resolutions reflect the official position of the commission on issues that are deemed critical to conserving domestic oil and natural gas, environmental protection and human health.
Bills: Before an item of legislation becomes law it is known as a “bill.” Bills are offered before legislative bodies for debate. An “appropriations bill” authorizes government expenditures; an “engrossed bill” is ready for final passage or passed by one house of the legislature; an “enrolled bill” is passed by both houses of the legislature; a “revenue bill” levies or raises taxes; “house” and “senate” bills are bills under consideration by their respective entities, while “joint” bills are sponsored by both entities.
Statutes: A “statute” is a formal written enactment or of a legislative body or “law.” Additionally, legislation generates: (1) Committee hearings, reports, documents and committee prints; (2) Floor Debates; and (3) Separately bound legislative histories. (Black’s 1990)

 

IOGCC Resolutions

Resolution 09.103

Resolution 09.103 Encouraging the increase of students in petroleum specific degree programs and research projects

Orginally passed in September 2005 and reauthorized in September 2007, IOGCC member states reauthorized Resolution 09.103 again in October 2009. The IOGCC continues to identify petroleum manpower and research as important components for a secure energy future in the United States.

Resolution 09.101

Resolution 09.101 Urging the U.S. Government to Recognize the Importance of Oil and Gas Research and to Adequately Fund Oil and Gas Research Initiatives

Originally passed in September 2005 as resolution 05.092 and reauthorized in September 2007, Resolution 09.101 was once again reauthorized by IOGCC member states in October 2009. Key highlights of Resolution 09.101