H.R. 730: Pest Elimination Services Transparency and Terminology Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Feb 14, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 730

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 14, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Guthrie, Mr. Fincher, Mr. Austin Scott of Georgia, Mr. Hanna, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Rooney, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Hastings of Washington, Mr. Campbell, and Mr. Huizenga of Michigan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

A BILL

To define urban rodent control for purposes of clarifying the control of nuisance mammals and birds carried out by the Wildlife Services program of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and by the private sector, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Pest Elimination Services Transparency and Terminology Act or the PESTT Act .

2.

Urban rodent control defined

Title I of the Rural Development, Agriculture, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1988 (Public Law 100–202; 101 Stat. 1329–331) is amended in the last proviso under the heading Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service—Salaries and Expenses (7 U.S.C. 426c), by striking Animal Damage Control activities at the end and inserting Animal Damage Control activities, and the term urban rodent control means efforts to directly control any mammal in the order Rodentia in a location that is not an airport or in a rural area (as defined in section 520 of the Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1490)).

3.

Report on activities of Wildlife Services program of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Not later than October 1, 2013, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report that—

(1)

identifies activities carried out by the Wildlife Services program of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that can be carried out by entities with appropriate expertise and capacity in the private sector;

(2)

prioritizes the activities conducted by the Wildlife Services program that—

(A)

are vital to the protection of public health and safety and agricultural production; and

(B)

can be performed by the entities referred to in paragraph (1); and

(3)

recommends ways, including any necessary changes to Federal statutes, to avoid duplicative work being conducted by the Wildlife Services program and the private sector.