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Introduced in House (07/22/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3162


To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to improve the disclosure of certain expenditures under that Act, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 22, 2015

Mr. Collins of Georgia (for himself, Mrs. Lummis, Mr. Neugebauer, Mr. Huizenga of Michigan, Mr. Amodei, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, and Mr. Valadao) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to improve the disclosure of certain expenditures under that Act, 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. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Endangered Species Recovery Transparency Act”.

SEC. 2. Disclosure of expenditures under Endangered Species Act of 1973.

(a) Requirement To disclose.—Section 13 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (87 Stat. 902; relating to conforming amendments which have executed) is amended to read as follows:

“SEC. 13. Disclosure of expenditures.

“(a) Requirement.—The Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, shall—

“(1) not later than 90 days after the end of each fiscal year, submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate an annual report detailing Federal Government expenditures for covered suits during the preceding fiscal year (including the information described in subsection (b)); and

“(2) make publicly available through the Internet a searchable database of the information described in subsection (b).

“(b) Included information.—The report shall include—

“(1) the case name and number of each covered suit, and a hyperlink to the record or decision for each covered suit (if available);

“(2) a description of the claims in each covered suit;

“(3) the name of each covered agency whose actions gave rise to a claim in a covered suit;

“(4) funds expended by each covered agency (disaggregated by agency account) to receive and respond to notices referred to in section 11(g)(2) or to prepare for litigation of, litigate, negotiate a settlement agreement or consent decree in, or provide material, technical, or other assistance in relation to, a covered suit;

“(5) the number of full-time equivalent employees that participated in the activities described in paragraph (4); and

“(6) attorneys' fees and other expenses (disaggregated by agency account) awarded in covered suits, including any consent decrees or settlement agreements (regardless of whether a decree or settlement agreement is sealed or otherwise subject to nondisclosure provisions), including the bases for such awards.

“(c) Requirement To provide information.—The head of each covered agency shall provide to the Secretary in a timely manner all information requested by the Secretary to comply with the requirements of this section.

“(d) Limitation on disclosure.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, this section shall not affect any restriction in a consent decree or settlement agreement on the disclosure of information that is not described in subsection (b).

“(e) Definitions.—

“(1) COVERED AGENCY.—The term ‘covered agency’ means any agency of the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Bonneville Power Administration, the Western Area Power Administration, the Southwestern Power Administration, or the Southeastern Power Administration.

“(2) COVERED SUIT.—The term ‘covered suit’ means any civil action containing a claim against the Federal Government, in which the claim arises under this Act and is based on the action of a covered agency.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of contents in the first section of such Act is amended by striking the item relating to such section and inserting the following:


“Sec. 13. Disclosure of expenditures.”.

(c) Prior amendments not affected.—This section shall not be construed to affect the amendments made by section 13 of such Act, as in effect before the enactment of this Act.