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Text of the Freedom to Fish Act of 2013

This bill was introduced on February 26, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 26, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 826

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 26, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To prohibit the Corps of Engineers from taking any action to establish a restricted area prohibiting public access to waters downstream of a dam, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Freedom to Fish Act of 2013.

2.

Restricted areas at Corps of Engineers dams

(a)

In general

The Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, shall not take any action to establish a restricted area prohibiting public access to waters downstream of a dam owned by the Corps of Engineers.

(b)

Effective date

(1)

In general

Subject to paragraph (2), this section shall apply to an action described in subsection (a) on or after August 1, 2012.

(2)

Existing restrictions

If the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, has taken an action described in subsection (a) during the period beginning on August 1, 2012, and ending on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall—

(A)

cease implementing the restricted area resulting from the action; and

(B)

remove any barriers constructed in connection with the restricted area.