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S. 1426: A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to establish a procedure for approval of certain settlements.

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on May 13, 2019.

This bill revises provisions governing citizen suits against the Department of the Interior or the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration that allege a failure of the relevant department to perform its duties related to an endangered species or threatened species. Interior must publish the complaint in a citizen suit within 30 days of being served. Affected parties must be given a reasonable opportunity to intervene in the suit. If affected parties intervene, the court must refer the action to a mediation program or magistrate judge to facilitate settlement discussions.

The court is prohibited from awarding litigation costs in such citizen suits that are settled.

Interior must provide notice of a proposed settlement to each affected state or county. A settlement may not be approved if states or counties object.