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116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 502


To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require disclosure to States of the basis of determinations under such Act, to ensure use of information provided by State, Tribal, and county governments in decision-making under such Act, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 14, 2019

Mr. Enzi (for himself, Mr. Roberts, and Mr. Risch) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


A BILL

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require disclosure to States of the basis of determinations under such Act, to ensure use of information provided by State, Tribal, and county governments in decision-making under such Act, 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 “State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act”.

SEC. 2. Requiring decisional transparency with affected States.

Section 6(a) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1535(a)) is amended—

(1) by inserting “(1)” before the first sentence; and

(2) by striking “Such cooperation shall include” and inserting the following:

“(2) Such cooperation shall include—

“(A) before making a determination under section 4(a), providing to States affected by such determination all data that is the basis of the determination; and

“(B)

SEC. 3. Ensuring use of State, Tribal, and local information.

(a) In general.—Section 3 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1532) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (21) as paragraphs (3) through (22), respectively; and

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

“(2) The term ‘best scientific and commercial data available’ includes all such data submitted by a State, Tribal, or county government.”.

(b) Conforming amendment.—Section 7(n) of such Act (16 U.S.C. 1536(n)) is amended by striking “section 3(13)” and inserting “section 3(14)”.