Text: H.R.335 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 335


To reauthorize the African Elephant Conservation Act, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994, the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997, the Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000, and the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 13, 2015

Mr. Young of Alaska (for himself and Mr. Pierluisi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To reauthorize the African Elephant Conservation Act, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994, the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997, the Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000, and the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004, 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 “Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act of 2015”.

SEC. 2. Reauthorization of African Elephant Conservation Act.

Section 2306(a) of the African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4245(a)) is amended by striking “2007 through 2012” and inserting “2016 through 2020”.

SEC. 3. Reauthorization of Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994.

Section 10(a) of the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994 (16 U.S.C. 5306(a)) is amended by striking “2007 through 2012” and inserting “2016 through 2020”.

SEC. 4. Reauthorization of Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997.

Section 8(a) of the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 4266(a)) is amended by striking “2007 through 2012” and inserting “2016 through 2020”.

SEC. 5. Amendment and reauthorization of Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000.

The Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000 is amended as follows:

(1) MULTIYEAR GRANTS.—In section 4 (16 U.S.C. 6303), by adding at the end the following new subsections:

“(j) Multiyear grants.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may award a multiyear grant under this section to a person who is otherwise eligible for a grant under this section, to carry out a project that the person demonstrates is an effective, long-term conservation strategy for great apes and their habitats.

“(2) ANNUAL GRANTS NOT AFFECTED.—This subsection shall not be construed as precluding the Secretary from awarding grants on an annual basis.”.

(2) PANEL OF EXPERTS.—In section 4(i) (16 U.S.C. 6303(i))—

(A) in paragraph (1), by—

(i) striking “Every 2 years” and inserting “Within one year after the date of the enactment of the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act of 2015, and every 5 years thereafter”;

(ii) striking “may convene” and inserting “shall convene”;

(iii) inserting “and priorities” after “needs”; and

(iv) adding at the end the following new sentence: “The panel shall, to the extent practicable, include representatives from foreign range states with expertise in great ape conservation.”; and

(B) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (4), and inserting after paragraph (1) the following new paragraphs:

“(2) In identifying conservation needs and priorities under paragraph (1), the panel shall consider relevant great ape conservation plans or strategies including scientific research and findings related to—

“(A) the conservation needs and priorities of great apes;

“(B) regional or species-specific action plans or strategies;

“(C) applicable strategies developed or initiated by the Secretary; and

“(D) any other applicable conservation plan or strategy.

“(3) The Secretary, subject to the availability of appropriations, may pay expenses of convening and facilitating meetings of the panel.”.

(3) ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES LIMITATION.—In section 5(b)(2) (16 U.S.C. 6304(b)(2)), by striking “$100,000” and inserting “$150,000”.

(4) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—In section 6 (16 U.S.C. 6305), by striking “2006 through 2010” and inserting “2016 through 2020”.

SEC. 6. Amendment and reauthorization of Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004.

(a) In general.—The Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 is amended—

(1) in sections 2(b) and 3(2) (16 U.S.C. 6601(b), 6602(2)), by inserting “and territories of the United States” after “foreign countries” each place it occurs;

(2) in section 3 (16 U.S.C. 6602) by adding at the end the following:

“(7) TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES.—The term ‘territory of the United States’ means each of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States.”; and

(3) in section 4 (16 U.S.C. 6603)—

(A) in subsection (b)(1)(A), by inserting “or territory of the United States” after “foreign country”; and

(B) in subsection (d) by inserting “and territories of the United States” after “foreign countries”.

(b) Administrative expenses limitation.—Section 5(b)(2) of the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 (16 U.S.C. 6604(b)(2)) is amended by striking “$80,000” and inserting “$150,000”.

(c) Reauthorization.—Section 7 of the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 (16 U.S.C. 6606) is amended by striking “each of fiscal years 2005 through 2009” and inserting “each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020”.