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H.R. 1807: Public Water Supply Invasive Species Compliance Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 25, 2017 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 198

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1807

[Report No. 115–278, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 30, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mr. Higgins of Louisiana, Mr. Babin, and Mr. Johnson of Louisiana) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

August 25, 2017

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources

August 25, 2017

The Committee on the Judiciary discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To exempt from the Lacey Act and the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 certain water transfers between any of the States of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Public Water Supply Invasive Species Compliance Act of 2017.

2.

Exemption of certain water transfers from the Lacey Act and the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981

(a)

Exemption

Section 42 of title 18, United States Code (popularly known as the Lacey Act), and the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.) shall not apply with respect to any covered water transfer, if—

(1)
(A)

all prohibited species in the water transferred are located in both of the public water supplies between which the water is transferred; and

(B)

the water is transferred directly between such public water supplies; or

(2)

the water is transferred in a closed conveyance system directly to treatment facilities where all prohibited species contained in the water transferred will be extirpated.

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Covered water transfer

The term covered water transfer means a transfer between public water supplies located on, along, or across the State boundaries between any of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, of water containing a prohibited species.

(2)

Prohibited species

The term prohibited species means any species—

(A)

the shipment of which is otherwise prohibited by section 42 of title 18, United States Code; or

(B)

the transfer of which is otherwise prohibited by the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.).

(3)

Public water supply

The term public water supply means any body of water, including any river, lake, or stream, the water of which is available or made available to the public.

August 25, 2017

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources

August 25, 2017

The Committee on the Judiciary discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed