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S. 1520 (115th): Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018

A bill to expand recreational fishing opportunities through enhanced marine fishery conservation and management, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Roger Wicker

Sponsor. Senator for Mississippi. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2018
Length: 7 pages
Jul 10, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 31, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 31, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-405

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Inhofe Praises Committee Passage of the Modern Fish Act
    — Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 28, 2018

Senator Jones Applauds Passage of the Modern Fish Act
    — Sen. Doug Jones [D-AL, 2018-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 17, 2018

Graves-Wicker Landmark Fisheries Reform Bill Headed to White House
    — Rep. Garret Graves [R-LA6] on Dec 19, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 1520 will add $7 million in new spending through 2023.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 200: Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act

Passed House (Senate next) on Jul 11, 2018. 9% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2023: Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017

Introduced on Apr 6, 2017. 29% incorporated. (compare text)


Jul 10, 2017

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Feb 28, 2018
Ordered Reported

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Jun 5, 2018
Reported by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Dec 17, 2018
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 19, 2018
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Dec 31, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 1520 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1520. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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