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[Congressional Bills 115th Congress]
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[H.R. 6013 Referred in Senate (RFS)]

  2d Session
                                H. R. 6013



                           September 26, 2018

 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and 
                              Public Works


                                 AN ACT

To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to establish January 31 of each 
year as the Federal framework closing date for the duck hunting season 
 and to establish special duck hunting days for youths, veterans, and 
           active military personnel, and for other purposes.

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


    This Act may be cited as the ``Migratory Bird Framework and Hunting 
Opportunities for Veterans Act''.


    Section 3 of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 704) is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(c) Federal Framework Closing Date for Hunting of Ducks, 
Mergansers, and Coots.--
            ``(1) In general.--In promulgating regulations under 
        subsection (a) relating to the Federal framework for outside 
        dates within which the States may select seasons for migratory 
        bird hunting, except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
        Secretary shall, with respect to the hunting season for ducks, 
        mergansers, and coots--
                    ``(A) adopt the recommendation of each respective 
                flyway council (as defined in section 20.152 of title 
                50, Code of Federal Regulations) for the Federal 
                framework if considered by the Secretary to be 
                consistent with science-based and sustainable adaptive 
                harvest management, but the framework closing date 
                shall be January 31 of each year; and
                    ``(B) allow the States to establish the closing 
                date for the hunting season in accordance with the 
                Federal framework.
            ``(2) Special duck hunting days for youths, veterans, and 
        active military personnel.--
                    ``(A) In general.--Notwithstanding the closing date 
                under paragraph (1) and subject to subparagraphs (B) 
                and (C), the Secretary shall allow States to select 2 
                days for youths and 2 days for veterans (as defined in 
                section 101 of title 38, United States Code), and 
                members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including 
                members of the National Guard and Reserves on active 
                duty (other than for training), to hunt ducks, 
                mergansers, and coots. Such days shall be treated as an 
                addition to the regular hunting season lengths selected 
                by the States.
                    ``(B) Requirements.--In selecting days under 
                subparagraph (A), a State shall ensure that--
                            ``(i) the days selected--
                                    ``(I) do not fall within the 
                                regular hunting season for ducks, 
                                mergansers, and coots;
                                    ``(II) with regard to youth days, 
                                are on a weekend, holiday or other day 
                                in which schools are not in session; 
                                    ``(III) are not more than 14 days 
                                before or after the hunting season for 
                                duck, mergansers, and coots; and
                            ``(ii) the total number of days in a 
                        hunting season for ducks, mergansers and coots, 
                        including any days selected under subparagraph 
                        (A), is not more than 107 days.
                    ``(C) Limitation.--A State may combine the 2 days 
                allowed for youths with the 2 days allowed for veterans 
                and members of the Armed Forces on active duty under 
                subparagraph (A), but in no circumstance may a State 
                have more than a total of 4 additional days added to 
                its regular hunting season for any purpose.
            ``(3) Regulations.--The Secretary shall promulgate 
        regulations in accordance with this subsection for the Federal 
        framework for migratory bird hunting for the 2019-2020 hunting 
        season and each hunting season thereafter.''.

            Passed the House of Representatives September 25, 2018.


                                                 KAREN L. HAAS,