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S. 2834: Wetland Delineation Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of May 10, 2018 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2834

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 10, 2018

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

A BILL

To amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to improve the wetland conservation program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Wetland Delineation Act of 2018.

2.

Wetland conversion

Section 1221(d) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3821(d)) is amended—

(1)

by striking Except as and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

Except as

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(2)

Duty of the Secretary

The Secretary shall determine that a person is ineligible under paragraph (1) only after the Secretary determines that an exemption under section 1222(b) does not apply to that person.

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3.

Delineation of wetlands

(a)

Identification of minimal effect exemptions

Section 1222(d) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3822(d)) is amended in the first sentence by inserting and not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Wetland Delineation Act of 2018, before the Secretary.

(b)

Mitigation banking

Section 1222(k)(1)(B) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3822(k)(1)(B)) is amended—

(1)

by striking Of the funds and inserting the following:

(i)

Mandatory funding

Of the funds

;

(2)

in clause (i) (as so designated), by striking $10,000,000 and all that follows through paragraph and inserting to carry out this paragraph $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2019 and each fiscal year thereafter, to remain available until expended; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(ii)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this paragraph $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.

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