News & Press: Legislative

August/September Legislative Report

Wednesday, September 18, 2019  

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

HR 3742 Amendment to “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2019” (Pittman-Roberston Wildlife Restoration Act)

Introduced by Dingell (D-MI) and Fortenberry (R- NE); Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on the Budget

State fish and wildlife agencies have identified over 12,000 wildlife species in the United States in need of proactive conservation assistance, including over 700 species already listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Current Federal funding is currently less than 5% of what is necessary to conserve these species, which are deemed as species of greatest conservation need (SGCN).

The bill would:

  • Provide states, territories, and tribes with dedicated $1.4 billion annually for the recovery and conservation of our nation’s wildlife through for proactive and innovative, on-the-ground, collaborative efforts to restore habitat and implement key conservation strategies as described in each state’s Wildlife Action Plan to recover wildlife and plant species at risk.
  • Allow for the implementation of federally approved State Wildlife Action plans for the conservation of wildlife and habitat. This in turn would in turn prevent the species from requiring costlier emergency conservation measures and avoiding the need to list them under the Endangered Species Act.


HR 3771 “Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2019”

Introduced by Schrader (D-OR) and Yoho (R-FL); Committee on Energy and Commerce, in addition to Committees on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs

Companion bill to Senate Bill S.1903

Establishment of a national One Health Framework for coordinate Federal Activities between federal agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to zoonotic disease outbreaks. Federal agencies to be involved with development and implementation include Center of Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Department of Agriculture, the United States Agency for International Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, The Department of the Interior, and other agencies as deemed appropriate

The bill would:

  • Describe existing One Health activities of federal agencies and departments and coordinate federal activities
  •  Establish, for a 10 year period, specific federal goals and priorities that most effectively advance prevention of priority zoonotic diseases and their transmission between animals and humans as well as develop protocols to improve outbreak response to and recovery from zoonotic disease outbreaks
  •   Identify and expand partnerships across and outside the federal government; identify best practices; provide recommendations to Congress regarding additional action or legislation that may be required to assist in establishing the One Health Program.

 

Federal Register /Vol. 84, No. 160 /Monday, August 19, 2019 / Rules and Regulations

Department of the Interior – Fish and Wildlife Service

Migratory Bird Hunting; Final Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Final rule

Rule finalized on Aug 19, 2019.: The framework for game bird season lengths and bag limits for the 2019-20 hunting season are largely unchanged from last year. The hunting regulatory framework is established in partnership with the Flyway Councils (Pacific, Central, Mississippi, and Atlantic). States select their individual hunting seasons from this federal framework. 

  • Species status reports are published annually, including general harvest strategies, season lengths (including dates and times), and the number of birds that may be taken and possession limits.
  • These frameworks guide recreational harvest at levels compatible with population and habitat conditions. Monitoring programs indicated most species remain at or above population objectives.

Changes this year include:

  • Moving the closing framework date for ducks from the last Sunday in January to January 31 for all Flyways.
  • Allowing states to offer two additional days for active duty military and veterans.
  • New tundra swan season in Delaware.
  • New sandhill crane season in Alabama.
  • Nationwide northern pintail daily bag limit of one.
  • Mallard daily bag limit of two in the Atlantic Flyway.
  • More restrictive seasons for the Atlantic population of Canada geese.

 


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