Text: H.R.1729 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/26/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1729


To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from prohibitions against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 26, 2015

Mr. Young of Alaska introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from prohibitions against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Exemption from prohibitions for Alaskan Native articles containing migratory bird parts.

Section 2 of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(c) Exemption for authentic Alaskan Native articles of handicraft or clothing.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Act, nothing in this Act prohibits possession, offering for sale, sale, offering to barter, barter, offering to purchase, purchase, delivery for shipment, shipment, causing to be shipped, delivered for transportation, transport or causing to be transported, carrying or causing to be carried, or receiving for shipment, transportation, or carriage, any authentic Alaskan Native article of handicraft or clothing on the basis that it contains a nonedible migratory bird part.

“(2) LIMITATION.—This subsection shall not apply with respect to any handicraft or clothing containing any part of a migratory bird that was taken in a wasteful manner.

“(3) DEFINITIONS.—In this subsection:

“(A) ALASKAN NATIVE.—The term ‘Alaskan Native’ means any Indian, Aleut, or Eskimo who resides in Alaska.

“(B) AUTHENTIC ALASKAN NATIVE ARTICLE OF HANDICRAFT OR CLOTHING.—The term ‘authentic Alaskan Native article of handicraft or clothing’—

“(i) means any item that is—

“(I) composed wholly or in some significant respect of natural materials; and

“(II) produced, decorated, or fashioned by an Alaskan Native, in the exercise of traditional Alaskan Native handicrafts, without the use of any pantograph or other mass copying device; and

“(ii) includes any weaving, carving, stitching, sewing, lacing, beading, drawing, or painting described in clause (i), or any combination thereof.”.