Text: H.R.4818 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/21/2016)


114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4818


To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to modernize the funding of wildlife conservation, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 21, 2016

Mr. Duncan of South Carolina (for himself, Mr. Wittman, Mr. Walz, and Mr. Gene Green of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to modernize the funding of wildlife conservation, 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 “Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2016”.

SEC. 2. Purpose.

The first section of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669) is amended by adding at the end the following: “One of the purposes of this Act is to extend financial and technical assistance to the States for the promotion of hunting and recreational shooting.”.

SEC. 3. Definitions.

Section 2 of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669a) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (8) as paragraphs (4) through (10), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

“(2) the term ‘hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment’ means any activity or project to recruit or retain hunters and recreational shooters, including by—

“(A) using social media, marketing, advertising, surveying, television spots, print, and media;

“(B) providing education, mentoring, and field demonstrations;

“(C) enhancing access for hunting and recreational shooting, including through range construction;

“(D) providing education to the public about the role of hunting and recreational shooting in funding wildlife conservation; and

“(E) using any other means to ensure the growth of hunting and recreational shooting, as determined by the Secretary;

“(3) the term ‘fiscal year’ means a period of 12 consecutive months beginning on October 1 and ending on the succeeding September 30, except that the period for enumeration of paid hunting-license holders means the fiscal year or license year of the State;”.

SEC. 4. Allocation and apportionment of available amounts.

(a) Apportionment to States.—Section 4(b) of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669c(b)) is amended—

(1) in the first sentence, by striking “The Secretary of the Interior” and inserting the following:

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary”;

(2) in the second sentence, by striking “Such apportionments” and inserting the following:

“(2) ADJUSTMENTS.—The apportionments described in paragraph (1)”;

(3) by striking the third sentence; and

(4) by adding at the end the following:

“(3) USE OF FUNDS.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subparagraph (B), amounts apportioned under this subsection may be used for hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment.

“(B) LIMITATION.—A State may only make an expenditure under subparagraph (A) if the amount of the expenditure during the fiscal year in which the expenditure is made plus the amount of the expenditures for hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment made during the 4 fiscal years preceding that fiscal year is equal to or less than 25 percent of the total amount apportioned to the State under this subsection during that 5-fiscal-year period.”.

(b) Apportionment of certain taxes.—Section 4(c) of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669c(c)) is amended—

(1) in the first sentence—

(A) by striking “One-half” and inserting the following:

“(1) APPORTIONMENT OF CERTAIN TAXES.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subparagraph (B), 12

(B) by striking “Provided, That each State” and inserting the following:

“(B) CONDITION.—The apportionment made under subparagraph (A) shall be subject to the condition that each State”;

(2) in subparagraph (A) (as so designated), by striking “States:” and inserting “States.”;

(3) in subparagraph (B) (as so designated), by striking “For the purpose” and inserting the following:

“(2) POPULATION DETERMINATION.—For the purpose”; and

(4) by adding at the end the following:

“(3) USE OF FUNDS.—Amounts apportioned under this subsection may be used for hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment.”.

SEC. 5. Expenditures for management of wildlife areas and resources.

Section 8 of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669g) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a), in the third sentence, by striking “and public relations”; and

(2) in subsection (b), in the first sentence, by striking “, as a part of such program”.

SEC. 6. Firearm and bow hunter education and safety program grants.

Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669h–1(a)(1)(A)) is amended—

(1) in clause (iii), by striking “and” at the end; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

    “(v) the enhancement of hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment; and”.

SEC. 7. Multistate conservation grant program.

Section 11 of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669h–2) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(1)—

(A) by striking “Not more than” and inserting the following:

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Not more than”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following:

“(B) AVAILABILITY FOR HUNTER AND RECREATIONAL SHOOTER GRANTS.—Not more than $5,000,000 of the revenues covered into the fund from any tax imposed under section 4161(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for a fiscal year shall be available to the Secretary exclusively for making hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment grants that promote a national hunting and shooting sport recruitment program, including related communication and outreach activities.”;

(2) in subsection (b)(3), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “International”;

(3) in subsection (c)(2)(A)(i), by inserting “or to recreational shooting activities” after “wildlife”; and

(4) in subsection (d), by inserting “or to recreational shooting activities” after “wildlife”.