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H.R. 3492 (113th): River Paddling Protection Act

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 14, 2013 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3492

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 14, 2013

(for herself and Mr. Bishop of Utah) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To provide for the use of hand-propelled vessels in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the National Elk Refuge, and for other purposes.

1.

Short Title

This Act may be cited as the River Paddling Protection Act .

2.

Regulations Superseded

(a)

In general

The following regulations shall have no force or effect with regard to hand-propelled vessels and the Secretary of the Interior may not issue substantially similar regulations that apply to hand-propelled vessels:

(1)

Section 7.13(d)(4)(ii) of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, regarding vessels on streams and rivers in Yellowstone National Park.

(2)

Section 7.22(e)(3) of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, regarding vessels on lakes and rivers in Grand Teton National Park.

(b)

Wildlife-Dependent recreational use

Notwithstanding section 25.21(a) of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, regarding National Elk Refuge, the use of hand-propelled vessels on rivers and streams in the National Elk Refuge shall be considered a wildlife-dependent recreational use as that term is defined in section 5(2) of Public Law 89–669 ( 16 U.S.C. 668ee(2) ).