Bills on geophysics-related topics are among the items facing legislators as they reconvene this week for the second session of the 98th Congress. A status report on some of those bills appears in this issue in the new “Legislative Update” column, which will be published regularly in Eos to keep readers abreast of pending legislation relevant to geophysics.
Pertinent issues for the coming session include education, trade, and some environmental laws. Education, which promises to be a campaign issue in this election year, most recently became a topic of national attention in late spring 1982 (Eos, June 15, 1982, p. 538). Since then, numerous bills have been introduced in Congress to allocate more funds to precollege science and mathematics education. One such bill is the Emergency Mathematics and Science Education Act(H.R. 1310).