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H.R. 2105: Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 4, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2105

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 4, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Cole, Mr. Collins of New York, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Kelly of Mississippi, Mr. Ryan, and Mr. Austin Scott of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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

A BILL

To establish the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee to advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, recreational shooting, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee Act of 2019.

2.

Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee

(a)

In general

The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 U.S.C. 661 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee

(a)

Establishment

There is hereby established the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee (in this section referred to as the Advisory Committee) to advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture (in this section referred to as the Secretaries) on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, and recreational shooting.

(b)

Duties of the Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee shall advise the Secretaries with regard to—

(1)

implementation of Executive Order 13443, entitled Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation, signed on January 1, 2008, which directs Federal agencies to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game species and their habitat;

(2)

policies or programs to conserve and restore wetlands, agricultural lands, grasslands, forest, and rangeland habitats;

(3)

policies or programs to promote opportunities and access to hunting and shooting sports on Federal lands;

(4)

policies or programs to recruit and retain new hunters and shooters;

(5)

policies or programs that increase public awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation and the social and economic benefits of recreational hunting and shooting; and

(6)

policies or programs that encourage coordination among the public, the hunting and shooting sports community, wildlife conservation groups, and States, Tribes, and the Federal Government.

(c)

Membership

(1)

Appointment

(A)

In general

The Advisory Committee shall consist of 7 ex officio members and no more than 16 discretionary members.

(B)

Ex officio members

The ex officio members are—

(i)

the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service or an individual designated by the Director;

(ii)

the Director of the Bureau of Land Management or an individual designated by the Director;

(iii)

the Director of the National Park Service or an individual designated by the Director;

(iv)

the Chief of the Forest Service or an individual designated by the Chief;

(v)

the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service or an individual designated by the Chief;

(vi)

the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency or an individual designated by the Administrator; and

(vii)

the Executive Director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

(C)

Discretionary members

The Secretaries shall jointly appoint at least one discretionary member from each of the following:

(i)

State fish and wildlife agencies.

(ii)

Game bird hunting organizations.

(iii)

Wildlife conservation organizations.

(iv)

Big game hunting organizations.

(v)

The tourism, outfitter, or guiding industry.

(vi)

The firearms or ammunition manufacturing industry.

(vii)

The hunting or shooting equipment retail industry.

(viii)

Tribal resource management organizations.

(ix)

The agriculture industry.

(x)

The ranching industry.

(xi)

Waterfowl hunting organizations.

(D)

Eligibility

The Secretaries may not appoint an individual as a member of the Advisory Committee unless the Secretaries determine that such individual, and the organization such individual represents, actively supports and promotes sustainable-use hunting, wildlife conservation, and recreational shooting.

(2)

Terms

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), members of the Advisory Committee shall be appointed for a term of 4 years. Members shall not be appointed for more than 3 terms.

(B)

Terms of initial appointees

As designated by the Secretary at the time of appointment, of the members first appointed—

(i)

6 members shall be appointed for a term of 4 years;

(ii)

5 members shall be appointed for a term of 3 years; and

(iii)

5 members shall be appointed for a term of 2 years.

(3)

Preservation of public advisory status

No individual may be appointed as a discretionary member of the Advisory Committee while serving as an officer or employee of the Federal Government.

(4)

Vacancy and removal

(A)

In general

Any vacancy on the Advisory Committee shall be filled in the manner in which the original appointment was made.

(B)

Removal

Discretionary members of the Advisory Committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Secretaries. The Secretaries may jointly remove such members at any time for good cause.

(5)

Continuation of service

Each discretionary member may continue to serve after the expiration of the term of office to which such member was appointed until a successor has been appointed.

(6)

Chairperson

The Chairperson of the Advisory Committee shall be appointed for a 3-year term by the Secretaries, jointly, from among the members of the Advisory Committee. An individual may not be appointed as Chairperson for more than 2 terms.

(7)

Pay and expenses

Members of the Advisory Committee shall serve without pay for such service, but each member of the Advisory Committee may be reimbursed for travel and lodging incurred through attending any meeting of the Advisory Committee or any other meeting of members approved for reimbursement by the Advisory Committee in the same amounts and under the same conditions as Federal employees (in accordance with section 5703 of title 5, United States Code).

(8)

Meetings

(A)

In general

The Advisory Committee shall meet at the call of the Secretaries, the chairperson, or a majority of the members, but not less frequently than twice annually.

(B)

Open meetings

Each meeting of the Advisory Committee shall be open to the public.

(C)

Prior notice of meetings

Timely notice of each meeting of the Advisory Committee shall be published in the Federal Register and be submitted to trade publications and publications of general circulation.

(D)

Workgroups and Subgroups

The Advisory Committee may establish such workgroups or subgroups as it considers necessary for the purpose of compiling information or conducting research. However, such workgroups may not conduct business without the direction of the Advisory Committee and must report in full to the Advisory Committee.

(9)

Quorum

Nine members of the Advisory Committee shall constitute a quorum.

(d)

Expenses

The expenses of the Advisory Committee that the Secretaries determine to be reasonable and appropriate shall be paid by the Secretaries.

(e)

Administrative support, technical services, and advice

The Secretaries shall jointly appoint a Federal officer to provide to the Advisory Committee the administrative support, technical services, and advice that the Secretaries determine to be reasonable and appropriate to carry out this Act.

(f)

Annual Report

(1)

Required

Not later than September 30 of each year, the Advisory Committee shall submit a report to the Secretaries, the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate. If circumstances arise in which the Advisory Committee cannot meet the September 30 deadline in any year, the Secretaries shall advise the Chair of each such Committee of the reasons for such delay and the date on which the submission of the report is anticipated.

(2)

Contents

The report required by paragraph (1) shall describe—

(A)

the activities of the Advisory Committee during the preceding year;

(B)

the reports and recommendations made by the Advisory Committee to the Secretaries during the preceding year; and

(C)

an accounting of actions taken by the Secretaries as a result of the recommendations.

(g)

Federal Advisory Committee Act

The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) does not apply with respect to the Advisory Committee.

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(b)

Continuance and abolishment of existing Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

The Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council established pursuant to section 441 of the Revised Statutes (43 U.S.C. 1457), section 2 of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742a), and other Acts applicable to specific bureaus of the Department of the Interior—

(1)

shall continue until the date of the first meeting of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee established by the amendment made by subsection (a); and

(2)

is hereby abolished effective on that date.