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HOUSE PASSES ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT TRANSPARENCY BILL

The full House passed 233 to 190 legislation combining several bills amending the Endangered Species Act July 29. A modified H.R. 4315, the Endangered Species Transparency Act would require the Department of Interior to publish online commercial and scientific data used as the basis for listing a species as threatened or endangered. The modified bill includes provisions from H.R. 4316, H.R. 4317 and H.R. 4318, and also would cap attorney’s fees paid to the prevailing party in a lawsuit or settlement related to the ESA at $125 per hour. The Interior Department would be required to report on the amount of money spent on endangered species civil actions. The House Natural Resources Committee approved the bills April 30. Consideration by the Senate of similar legislation is unlikely this year.

NSSGA has long supported reforming the way agencies overregulate.