H.R. 1219: Gulf Fisheries Fairness Act

Mar 15, 2013
Referred to Committee
4% chance of being enacted
Track this bill
Jo Bonner
Representative for Alabama's 1st congressional district
Read Text »
Last Updated
Mar 15, 2013
4 pages

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on March 15, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Mar 15, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 15, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed House ...
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

22% chance of getting past committee.
4% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide that each of the States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida have exclusive fishery management authority over reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico in waters that, on average, are 20 fathoms or less in depth, and for other purposes.


No summaries available.

12 cosponsors (12R) (show)

House Natural Resources

The committee chair determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.

Primary Source

THOMAS.gov (The Library of Congress)

GovTrack gets most information from THOMAS, which is updated generally one day after events occur. Activity since the last update may not be reflected here. Data comes via the congress project.


Get a bill status widget for your website »


Click a format for a citation suggestion:


H.R. stands for House of Representatives bill.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the president to become law.

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.

GovTrack’s Bill Summary

We don’t have a summary available yet.

Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

Gulf Fisheries Fairness Act - Amends the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide each of the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida with exclusive fishery management authority over reef fish:
(1) within the exclusive economic zone in the Gulf of Mexico in waters of a specified average depth on a continuous line within a minimum distance of nine nautical miles from the baseline from which the territorial sea of the United States is measured, and
(2) between projected jurisdictional lines determined by the President under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
Directs the Secretary of Commerce to publish a description and map of the applicable line along the coasts of such states.
Prohibits the Secretary from suspending, revoking, terminating, or otherwise limiting the authority of any person under federal law to engage in fishing based on the person fishing for Gulf reef fish in waters subject to the exclusive authority of such states.
Exempts such waters from specified federal regulatory requirements addressing fishery permits.

House Republican Conference Summary

The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.

No summary available.

House Democratic Caucus Summary

The House Democratic Caucus does not provide summaries of bills.

So, yes, we display the House Republican Conference’s summaries when available even if we do not have a Democratic summary available. That’s because we feel it is better to give you as much information as possible, even if we cannot provide every viewpoint.

We’ll be looking for a source of summaries from the other side in the meanwhile.

Use the comment space below for discussion of the merits of H.R. 1219 with other GovTrack users.
Your comments are not read by Congressional staff.

comments powered by Disqus