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S. 2690 (114th): Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2016


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 16, 2016 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2690

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 16, 2016

(for himself, Mr. Manchin, Mrs. Fischer, and Ms. Heitkamp) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to modernize the funding of wildlife conservation, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2016.

2.

Purpose

The first section of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669) is amended by adding at the end the following: One of the purposes of this Act is to extend financial and technical assistance to the States for the promotion of hunting and recreational shooting..

3.

Definitions

Section 2 of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669a) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (8) as paragraphs (4) through (10), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

(2)

the term hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment means any activity or project to recruit or retain hunters and recreational shooters, including by—

(A)

using social media, marketing, advertising, surveying, television spots, print, and media;

(B)

providing education, mentoring, and field demonstrations;

(C)

enhancing access for hunting and recreational shooting, including through range construction;

(D)

providing education to the public about the role of hunting and recreational shooting in funding wildlife conservation; and

(E)

using any other means to ensure the growth of hunting and recreational shooting, as determined by the Secretary;

(3)

the term fiscal year means a period of 12 consecutive months beginning on October 1 and ending on the succeeding September 30, except that the period for enumeration of paid hunting-license holders means the fiscal year or license year of the State;

.

4.

Allocation and apportionment of available amounts

(a)

Apportionment to States

Section 4(b) of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669c(b)) is amended—

(1)

in the first sentence, by striking The Secretary of the Interior and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

The Secretary

;

(2)

in the second sentence, by striking Such apportionments and inserting the following:

(2)

Adjustments

The apportionments described in paragraph (1)

;

(3)

by striking the third sentence; and

(4)

by adding at the end the following:

(3)

Use of funds

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), amounts apportioned under this subsection may be used for hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment.

(B)

Limitation

A State may only make an expenditure under subparagraph (A) if the amount of the expenditure during the fiscal year in which the expenditure is made plus the amount of the expenditures for hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment made during the 4 fiscal years preceding that fiscal year is equal to or less than 25 percent of the total amount apportioned to the State under this subsection during that 5-fiscal-year period.

.

(b)

Apportionment of certain taxes

Section 4(c) of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669c(c))is amended—

(1)

in the first sentence—

(A)

by striking One-half and inserting the following:

(1)

Apportionment of certain taxes

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), 1/2

; and

(B)

by striking Provided, That each State and inserting the following:

(B)

Condition

The apportionment made under subparagraph (A) shall be subject to the condition that each State

;

(2)

in subparagraph (A) (as so designated), by striking States: and inserting States.;

(3)

in subparagraph (B) (as so designated), by striking For the purpose and inserting the following:

(2)

Population determination

For the purpose

; and

(4)

by adding at the end the following:

(3)

Use of funds

Amounts apportioned under this subsection may be used for hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment.

.

5.

Expenditures for management of wildlife areas and resources

Section 8 of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669g) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a), in the third sentence, by striking and public relations; and

(2)

in subsection (b), in the first sentence, by striking , as a part of such program.

6.

Firearm and bow hunter education and safety program grants

Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669h–1(a)(1)(A)) is amended—

(1)

in clause (iii), by striking and at the end; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(v)

the enhancement of hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment; and

.

7.

Multistate conservation grant program

Section 11 of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669h–2) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(1)—

(A)

by striking Not more than and inserting the following:

(A)

In general

Not more than

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

Availability for hunter and recreational shooter grants

Not more than $5,000,000 of the revenues covered into the fund from any tax imposed under section 4161(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for a fiscal year shall be available to the Secretary exclusively for making hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment grants that promote a national hunting and shooting sport recruitment program, including related communication and outreach activities.

;

(2)

in subsection (b)(3), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking International;

(3)

in subsection (c)(2)(A)(i), by inserting or to recreational shooting activities after wildlife; and

(4)

in subsection (d), by inserting or to recreational shooting activities after wildlife.