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H.R. 737: Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019

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About the bill

Should shark fins, a delicacy in many food items, be banned?

Context

One of the most valuable parts of a shark are its fins, which are often used for foods such as soups. About 73 million shark fins are sold per year, but this comes at a cost. After getting de-finned, the shark is often thrown back into the water to drown or bleed to death.

About 100 million sharks are killed annually, causing a number of shark species to be classified as vulnerable or endangered.

Some policy moves have ...

Sponsor and status

Gregorio Sablan

Sponsor. Representative for the Northern Mariana Islands. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 21, 2019
Length: 5 pages
Introduced
Jan 23, 2019
Status

Passed House (Senate next) on Nov 20, 2019

This bill passed in the House on November 20, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Prognosis
74% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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Position statements

What legislators are saying

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - November 22, 2019
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] (Sponsor) on Nov 26, 2019

House Passes Collection of Bipartisan Conservation Bills, Including Ban on Trade in Shark Fins, Extension of Wetlands Conservation Program
    — Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 21, 2019

VIDEO: Webster Advocates for Florida Fishermen on House Floor
    — Rep. Daniel Webster [R-FL11] on Nov 20, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform SpendingTracker.org estimates new spending due to H.R. 737 will be negligible.

History

Jan 23, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Sep 18, 2019
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Nov 8, 2019
 
Reported by House Committee on Natural Resources

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.

Nov 15, 2019
 
On House Schedule

The House indicated that this bill would be considered in the week ahead.

Nov 20, 2019
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
 
Passed Senate

 
Signed by the President

H.R. 737 is 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.

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