On December 8, Congressman George Miller (D-Ca), the outgoing chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor, failed in his final effort as chairman to pass sweeping new safety law amendments aimed at increasing government enforcement powers, penalties and regulations. Chairman Miller’s “lame duck” Congressional strategy (to seek passage before the Democratic majority is replaced with a Republican majority in January) drew nearly unanimous Republican opposition and key Democratic opposition. The authors were pleased to participate in the industry efforts and now report on their experience—in the hope of benefiting future industry efforts.
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Reprinted with permission from Coal Age Magazine.