About the bill
Should shark fins, a delicacy in many food items, be banned?
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.
Some policy moves have been made to ban the practice. Since 2000, it’s been illegal to de-fin a shark in U.S. waters. Plus 12 states have banned the sale of shark fins within their borders. But the sale of shark fins isn ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for the Northern Mariana Islands. Democrat.
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2019
Length: 5 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on November 20, 2019 but was never passed by the Senate.
287 Cosponsors (219 Democrats, 67 Republicans, 1 Independent)
What legislators are saying
What stakeholders are saying
Jan 23, 2019
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Sep 18, 2019
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 20, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.
Apr 22, 2021
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 2811.
H.R. 737 (116th) 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 H.R. 737. This is the one from the 116th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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