S.1426 - A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to establish a procedure for approval of certain settlements.116th Congress (2019-2020)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 05/13/2019)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 05/13/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1426 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (05/13/2019)
This bill revises provisions governing citizen suits against the Department of the Interior or the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration that allege a failure of the relevant department to perform its duties 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 must 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 awarding litigation costs in such citizen suits that are settled.
Interior must provide notice of a proposed settlement to each affected state or county. A settlement may not be approved if states or counties object.