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H.R. 272: To amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 11, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 272

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 11, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska, and for other purposes.

1.

Limitation on authority to designate marine sanctuaries

Section 303 of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1433) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a), by striking The Secretary may and inserting Subject to subsection (c), the Secretary may; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(c)

Limitation

The Secretary may not designate as a national marine sanctuary any area of the marine environment off the coast of Alaska seaward of the high tide line unless an Act of Congress—

(1)

requires the Secretary to make such a designation; and

(2)

prescribes the boundaries of the area to be given such designation by the Secretary.

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