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Federal - HR 3133

SEA Act of 2017

Introduced

June 29, 2017

Description

A bill to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce unnecessary permitting delays by clarifying associated procedures to increase economic development and support coastal restoration programs, and for other purposes.

Our Position

Oppose

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 8

Latest Actions See More/Less

  • Jan. 10, 2018 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Natural Resources Committee.

    Jan. 10, 2018 — Committee Vote: Marine Mammal Protection Act Permit Process — Pacific Ocean
      Barragan, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would exempt Pacific coastal communities from the provisions of the legislation.

    Amendment that would exempt Pacific coastal communities from the provisions of the legislation.

    Rejected 17-20.

    Jan. 10, 2018 — Committee Vote: Marine Mammal Protection Act Permit Process — Atlantic Ocean
      Beyer, D-Va. —

    Amendment that would exempt Atlantic coastal communities from the provisions of the legislation.

    Amendment that would exempt Atlantic coastal communities from the provisions of the legislation.

    Rejected 17-19.

    Jan. 10, 2018 — Committee Vote: Marine Mammal Protection Act Permit Process — Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
      Bordallo, D-Guam —

    Amendment that would delay implementation of the legislation until the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Marine Mammal Commission determine, based on an assessment conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, that the offshore and near-shore marine mammal populations in the Gulf of Mexico are fully recovered from the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

    Amendment that would delay implementation of the legislation until the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Marine Mammal Commission determine, based on an assessment conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, that the offshore and near-shore marine mammal populations in the Gulf of Mexico are fully recovered from the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    Jan. 10, 2018 — Committee Vote: Marine Mammal Protection Act Permit Process — Vote to Report

    Broaden the criteria for those eligible to apply for an Incidental Harassment Authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to include all "persons."

    The bill also would prohibit the Commerce secretary from imposing conditions on the authorization that substantially change the scope of the activity described in the application.

    It would require the secretary to act on an application within 45 days of the submission of the application or request additional information from the applicant within 15 days of receipt.

    It would deem the application approved if the secretary does not make a final decision on applications within 120 days of the completed application submission.

    It also would authorize a one-year extension of the approved authorization so long as there are no substantial change in the operations of the activity governed by the authorization.

    It also would exempt from the takings section of the Endangered Species Act, any taking of a marine mammal in compliance with authorizations provided under the revisions to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, included in the legislation.

    Broaden the criteria for those eligible to apply for an Incidental Harassment Authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to include all "persons."

    The bill also would prohibit the Commerce secretary from imposing conditions on the authorization that substantially change the scope of the activity described in the application.

    It would require the secretary to act on an application within 45 days of the submission of the application or request additional information from the applicant within 15 days of receipt.

    It would deem the application approved if the secretary does not make a final decision on applications within 120 days of the completed application submission.

    It also would authorize a one-year extension of the approved authorization so long as there are no substantial change in the operations of the activity governed by the authorization.

    It also would exempt from the takings section of the Endangered Species Act, any taking of a marine mammal in compliance with authorizations provided under the revisions to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, included in the legislation.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House by voice vote.
  • Sept. 25, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Palazzo, (R-Miss.)
  • Sept. 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Loudermilk, (R-Ga.)
  • July 20, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Rouzer, (R-N.C.)
  • June 29, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 5

    Abraham, (R-La.)Graves, G. (R-La.)Higgins, C. (R-La.)
    Duncan, Jeff (R-S.C.)Hice, (R-Ga.)
  • June 29, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Natural Resources.Congressional Record p. H5375