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S. 2018 (113th): River Paddling Protection Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 12, 2014 (Introduced).


II

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2018

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 12, 2014

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and 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Regulations superseded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 rivers and streams of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park shall be open to hand-propelled vessels as determined by the Director of the National Park Service within 3 years of the date of enactment of this Act. Beginning on the date that is 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the following regulations shall have no force or effect regarding closing rivers and streams of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park 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)

Coordination of recreational use

The Fish and Wildlife Service shall coordinate any recreational use of hand-propelled vessels on the Gros Ventre River within the National Elk Refuge with Grand Teton National Park to ensure such use is consistent with the requirements of the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 ( 16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq. ).