AAPL Governmental Affairs Report - week of February 8, 2021

  • 1.  AAPL Governmental Affairs Report - week of February 8, 2021

    Posted 26 days ago
    Following please find highlights from the AAPL Governmental Affairs Report for the week of February 8, 2021. The next report will be published on February 22, 2021. With increased governmental activity and a high volume of executive actions coming from the Biden administration, breaking updates may also be posted in this forum during the interim period between reports.  

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    FEDERAL - LEGISLATIVE: Republican Senators Oppose Biden’s Attack on Oil and Gas Industry. On January 28, 26 Republican Senators sent a letter to President Biden to “express their opposition to his recent actions on fossil fuels, including revoking a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and pausing the issuance of new oil and gas leases on public lands and waters.” The lawmakers also requested a meeting with the new president to discuss his recent executive orders targeting the oil and gas industry. Read more.

    STATE - LEGISLATIVE: Independent Contractors – Kansas. On February 1, the House Committee on Commerce, Labor and Economic Development (R) introduced HB 2196. The bill amends existing employment law to specifically protect independent contractor landmen by providing that landmen providing services on a contractual basis are not considered employees. Read more.

    INDUSTRY NEWS: Texas governor threatens lawsuits over Biden’s climate agenda. "We're here for a singular purpose today. To make clear that Texas is going to protect the oil and gas industry from any type of hostile attack launched from Washington, DC,” said Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to industry leaders during a January 28 roundtable meeting. Read more.

    Russell Cohen
    AAPL Governmental Affairs