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S. 2621 (113th): Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 17, 2014 (Introduced).

II

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2621

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 17, 2014

(for himself, Mr. Begich, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Coons, Mr. Crapo, and Mr. Tester) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To amend the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act to increase the price of Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps to fund the acquisition of conservation easements for migratory birds, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 .

2.

Increase in price of Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp to fund acquisition of conservation easements for migratory birds

The Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act is amended—

(1)

in section 2(b) ( 16 U.S.C. 718b(b) )

(A)

by striking 1990, and and inserting 1990,; and

(B)

by striking for each hunting year thereafter and inserting for hunting years 1991 through 2013, and $25 for each hunting year thereafter;

(2)

by adding at the end of section 2 ( 16 U.S.C. 718b ) the following:

(c)

Reduction in price of stamp

The Secretary may reduce the price of each stamp sold under the provisions of this section for a hunting year if the Secretary determines that the increase in the price of the stamp after hunting year 2013 resulted in a reduction in revenues deposited into the fund;

; and

(3)

in section 4 ( 16 U.S.C. 718d )

(A)

in subsection (a)(3), by inserting before the period the following: , in which there shall be a subaccount to which the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer all amounts in excess of $15 that are received from the sale of each stamp sold for each hunting year after hunting year 2013;

(B)

in subsection (b)(1), by striking So much and inserting except as provided in paragraph (4), so much;

(C)

in subsection (b)(2), by striking paragraph (3) and inserting paragraphs (3) and (4) ; and

(D)

by adding at the end of subsection (b) the following:

(4)

Conservation easements

Amounts in the subaccount referred to in subsection (a)(3) shall be used by the Secretary solely to acquire easements in real property for conservation of migratory birds.

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3.

Annual report on expenditures

Section 4 of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act ( 16 U.S.C. 718d ) is further amended—

(1)

in subsection (c)

(A)

by striking so much as precedes The Secretary may and inserting the following:

(c)

Promotion of Stamp Sales

; and

(B)

by striking paragraph (2); and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(e)

Annual report

The Secretary shall include in each annual report of the Commission under section 3 of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act ( 16 U.S.C. 715b )

(1)

a description of activities conducted under subsection (c) in the year covered by the report; and

(2)

an annual assessment of the status of wetlands conservation projects for migratory bird conservation purposes, including a clear and accurate accounting of—

(A)

all expenditures by Federal and State agencies under this section;

(B)

all expenditures made for fee-simple acquisition of Federal lands in the United States, including the amount paid and acreage of each parcel acquired in each acquisition.

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