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Several members of the House of Representatives have proposed bills seeking to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA) before the end of this legislative session. Enacted 45 years ago, the ESA was last amended in 1988. With several targeted measures, the House Western Caucus’s “Bipartisan ESA Modernization Package” includes the following key changes:
In addition to this activity in the House, Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso has proposed an overhaul package requiring greater input from states on listing and de-listing decisions, recovery goals, and habitat objectives. Chairman Barrasso’s discussion draft bill, which was the subject of a committee hearing on July 17, 2018, also includes greater transparency in litigation, requiring publication of any ESA citizen suit complaint, notification of states and counties of any proposed settlements, and disclosure of attorneys’ fees paid to any person in connection with an ESA citizen suit.
If you would like copies of any of the bills or contact information for any of the sponsors, please contact Jared Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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