IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 30, 2017
Mr. Cruz (for himself, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Cotton, and Mr. Boozman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Public Water Supply Invasive Species Compliance Act of 2017.
Exemption of certain water transfers from the Lacey Act and the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981
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—
all prohibited species in the water transferred are located in both of the public water supplies between which the water is transferred; and
the water is transferred directly between such public water supplies; or
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.
In this section:
Covered water transfer
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.
prohibited species means any species—
the shipment of which is otherwise prohibited by section 42 of title 18, United States Code; or
the transfer of which is otherwise prohibited by the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.).
Public water supply
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.