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Text of the Expedited Departure of Certain Snake Species Act

This bill was introduced on July 16, 2014, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 15, 2014 (Reported by House Committee).

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Union Calendar No. 443

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 2158

[Report No. 113–596]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 23, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

September 15, 2014

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on May 23, 2013


A BILL

To exempt from the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 the expedited removal from the United States of certain snake species, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Expedited Departure of Certain Snake Species Act .

2.

Compliance with Lacey Act

(a)

In general

For purposes of the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 ( 16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq. ), a qualified stop of a covered snake shall not be treated as occurring in interstate commerce.

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Covered snake

The term covered snake means any—

(A)

Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus);

(B)

Indian python (Python molurus molurus);

(C)

Northern African python (Python sebae);

(D)

Southern African python (Python natalensis); and

(E)

Yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus).

(2)

Designated airport

The term designated airport means an airport located at a designated port as defined by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under section 14.12 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations.

(3)

Qualified secure container

The term qualified secure container means a container that—

(A)

contains the covered snake in a closely woven, double-seam sewn, cloth sack that is in a second cloth sack of similar construction; and

(B)

on which there is a prominent label that states Dangerous Reptiles.

(4)

Qualified stop

The term qualified stop

(A)

except as provided in subparagraph (C), means any intermediate stop in a designated airport of a covered snake in a qualified secure container in the course of transport of such snake that—

(i)

begins in a designated airport; and

(ii)

ends at a place outside of the United States not later than 48 hours after such transport begins;

(B)

may include transfer of the qualified secure container in an airport between aircraft used for such transport outside of the United States; and

(C)

does not include any stop in Hawaii.

September 15, 2014

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed