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Newhouse Introduces Endangered Species Act Reform Bills

March 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced H.R. 1274, the State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act, and H.R. 1273, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act. H.R. 1274 would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) to require the federal government to disclose to affected states all data used prior to any ESA listing decisions and require that the “best available scientific and commercial data” used by the federal government include information provided by affected states, tribes, and local governments. H.R. 1273 would update the ESA by requiring federal agencies to make data used for ESA decisions publicly available on the Internet. It would also ensure the proper use of taxpayer funds by putting a cap on attorneys’ fees.

“I am introducing these two bills to improve the transparency and methodology of Endangered Species Act listing decisions,” said Rep. Newhouse. “The federal government should be required to consider the best available science to justify listing decisions under the ESA, and all citizens should have access to the data used by agencies to make such determinations. These bills would make the ESA listing process more accountable to states, tribes, and local entities by requiring federal agencies to consider local input. I urge my colleagues to support these commonsense reforms to bring the ESA listing process into the 21st Century.”

Earlier versions of both bills passed the House in the 113th Congress.

H.R. 1274, the State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act, was cosponsored by Reps., Ralph Abraham (R-LA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Walter Jones (R-NC), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Steve Pearce (R-NM), Scott Tipton (R-CO), and Ted Yoho (R-FL). Click here for the bill text.

H.R. 1273, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act, was cosponsored by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Steve Pearce (R-NM), and Scott Tipton (R-CO). Click here for the bill text.