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...to more effectively utilize the proceeds of sales of certain items.

This bill was introduced on July 29, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 29, 1997 (Introduced).

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HR 2291 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2291

To amend the Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act of 1978 to enable the Secretary of the Interior to more effectively utilize the proceeds of sales of certain items.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 29, 1997

Mr. SKAGGS introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources


A BILL

To amend the Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act of 1978 to enable the Secretary of the Interior to more effectively utilize the proceeds of sales of certain items.

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

SECTION 1. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

    (a) FINDINGS- The Congress finds the following:

      (1) The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (in this Act referred to as the ‘Service’) is responsible for storage and disposal of fish and wildlife, including eagles and eagle parts, and other items which have become the property of the United States through abandonment or forfeiture under applicable laws related to fish, wildlife, or plants.

      (2) The Service distributes many items described in paragraph (1) for educational and scientific uses, and in addition is responsible for the collection of dead eagles and for making such eagles or parts thereof available to Native Americans for religious purposes.

      (3) Some of the items described in paragraph (1) that are not distributed as described in paragraph (2) can be disposed of by sale.

      (4) Under current law, not all the proceeds of such sales are available to cover all of the expenses incurred in such sales and distributions.

      (5) Making all proceeds from such sales available to cover costs incurred in such sales and distributions will result in more effective implementation of the laws under which such sales and distributions are carried out, and will permit the Service to make more extensive distributions for educational, scientific, and Native American religious purposes.

    (b) PURPOSE- The purpose of this Act is to authorize the use of proceeds from sales described in subsection (a)(3) for the purposes described in subsection (a)(5), and thereby to permit more effective use of such proceeds.

SEC. 2. AMENDMENT.

    Section 3(c) of the Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 742l(c)) is amended--

      (1) by inserting ‘(1)’ before ‘Notwithstanding’; and

      (2) by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(2) Any revenues received from the disposition of items under paragraph (1), and all sums referred to in the first sentence of each of the provisions of law codified in sections 1540(d) and 3375(d) of title 16, United States Code, shall be available for--

      ‘(A) payments under those provisions of law; and

      ‘(B) payment of costs associated with--

        ‘(i) shipping items referred to in paragraph (1) to and from storage, sale, or temporary or final disposition, including temporary or permanent loan;

        ‘(ii) storage of such items, including inventory and security thereof;

        ‘(iii) appraisal of such items;

        ‘(iv) sale or other disposal of such items pursuant to applicable law, including auctioneer commissions and related expenses;

        ‘(v) payment of any valid liens or other encumbrances on such items or other steps required in order to clear the title to such items; and

        ‘(vi) processing and shipping of eagles and other migratory birds and parts thereof for Native American religious purposes.’.