S.293 - A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to establish a procedure for approval of certain settlements.114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 01/28/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 05/06/2015 Committee on Environment and Public Works. Hearings held. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.293 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (01/28/2015)
This bill amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to revise provisions governing citizen suits against the Department of the Interior or the Department of Commerce, as appropriate, that allege a failure of the relevant department to perform an act or duty related to an endangered species or threatened species. Interior must publish the complaint in a citizen suit within 30 days of being served. Affected parties shall be given a reasonable opportunity to intervene in the suit. If affected parties intervene, the court must refer the action to a mediation program or magistrate judge to facilitate settlement discussions.
The court is prohibited from: (1) awarding litigation costs in a citizen suit that is settled by a consent decree, or (2) awarding litigation costs to a plaintiff in a citizen suit that is settled.
Interior must provide notice of a proposed settlement to each state or county in which an affected species occurs. A settlement can only be approved if states or counties approve the settlement or fail to respond.