On Friday, September 28, 2018, the President signed into law:
H.R. 589, the “Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act,” which establishes policy for Department of Energy science and energy research and development programs and reforms National Laboratory management and technology transfer programs;
H.R. 1109, which amends the Federal Power Act to clarify the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over mergers or consolidations by a public utility;
S. 97, the “Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act of 2017,” which amends the Energy Policy Act to update the mission and objectives of the Department of Energy’s civilian nuclear energy research, development, demonstration (RD&D), and commercial application programs; and
S. 994, the “Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2018,” which criminalizes the intentional obstruction of any person’s free exercise of religious beliefs by threat of force against religious real property.