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S. 1717 (112th): Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 17, 2011 (Introduced).


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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1717

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 17, 2011

(for himself and Ms. Murkowski) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To prevent the escapement of genetically altered salmon in the United States, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States Act.

2.

Prohibition on sale of genetically altered salmon

It shall be unlawful for a person to—

(1)

ship, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase genetically altered salmon or other marine fish, or a product containing genetically altered salmon or other marine fish, in interstate or foreign commerce; or

(2)

have custody, control, or possession of, with the intent to ship, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase genetically altered salmon or other marine fish, or a product containing genetically altered salmon or other marine fish, in interstate or foreign commerce.

3.

Enforcement and penalties

(a)

Enforcement

The Secretary of Commerce may enforce section 2 in the same manner, by the same means, and with the same jurisdiction, powers, and duties provided under sections 308, 309, 310, and 311 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861).

(b)

Penalties

A person who violates section 2 shall be subject to the penalties, and entitled to the privileges and immunities, under sections 308, 309, 310, and 311 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861).

4.

Definitions

In this Act—

(1)

the term allotransgenic means a genetically modified organism produced with genes from another species;

(2)

the term autotransgenic means a genetically modified organism produced by rearranging a species' own genome; and

(3)

the term genetically altered salmon or other marine fish means transgenic, autotransgenic, or allotransgenic salmon or other marine fish.