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Federal - HR 1380

Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R.1380

Introduced

February 26, 2019

Description

A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 176

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  • Oct. 21, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 13

    Allred, (D-Texas)Houlahan, (D-Pa.)Scott, R. (D-Va.)
    Courtney, (D-Conn.)Larson, J. (D-Conn.)Spanberger, (D-Va.)
    Cunningham, (D-S.C.)Lewis, John (D-Ga.)Torres Small, (D-N.M.)
    DeGette, (D-Colo.)Porter, (D-Calif.)
    Demings, (D-Fla.)Pressley, (D-Mass.)
  • Oct. 18, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Nadler, (D-N.Y.)
  • Oct. 17, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Schrader, (D-Ore.)Wexton, (D-Va.)
  • Oct. 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Clarke, Y. (D-N.Y.)Davis, D. (D-Ill.)Hayes, (D-Conn.)
    Cleaver (D-Mo.)Green, A. (D-Texas)
  • Oct. 15, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Craig, (D-Minn.)Stevens, (D-Mich.)
  • Oct. 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Carson, (D-Ind.)Pascrell (D-N.J.)
    Murphy, S. (D-Fla.)Sarbanes, (D-Md.)
  • Oct. 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Delgado, (D-N.Y.)McBath, (D-Ga.)Thompson, B. (D-Miss.)
    Engel, (D-N.Y.)Price, (D-N.C.)
    Lujan, B.R. (D-N.M.)Sherman, (D-Calif.)
  • Oct. 4, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Aguilar, (D-Calif.)Lee, (D-Nev.)Smith, Adam (D-Wash.)
    Doyle, (D-Pa.)Levin, (D-Mich.)Torres, (D-Calif.)
    Escobar, (D-Texas)Scanlon, (D-Pa.)
  • Oct. 1, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 9

    Brown, A. (D-Md.)Frankel, (D-Fla.)Larsen, R. (D-Wash.)
    Cooper, (D-Tenn.)Jeffries, (D-N.Y.)Panetta, (D-Calif.)
    DelBene, (D-Wash.)Johnson, H. (D-Ga.)Soto, (D-Fla.)
  • Sept. 27, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Boyle, (D-Pa.)Lawrence, (D-Mich.)Pallone (D-N.J.)
    Buchanan, (R-Fla.)Morelle, (D-N.Y.)
    Eshoo, (D-Calif.)Neal, (D-Mass.)
  • Sept. 26, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Espaillat, (D-N.Y.)Foster, (D-Ill.)Lofgren, (D-Calif.)
  • Sept. 18, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Natural Resources Committee.

    Sept. 18, 2019 — Committee Vote: Private Ownership of Big Cats — Captive Wildlife Offenses
      R. Bishop, R-Utah —

    Amendment that would limit the application of the prohibition on the possession of captive wildlife to only an entity that exhibits animals to the public under a Class C license from the Agriculture Department, or a federal facility registered with the department.

    Amendment that would limit the application of the prohibition on the possession of captive wildlife to only an entity that exhibits animals to the public under a Class C license from the Agriculture Department, or a federal facility registered with the department.

    Rejected 16-19.

    Sept. 18, 2019 — Committee Vote: Private Ownership of Big Cats — Vote to Report

    Amend federal conservation law (PL 97-79) to prohibit the import, export, transport, sale, receipt or purchase of any prohibited wildlife species and the breeding or possession of any prohibited wildlife species.

    The bill would limit the application of the provision so that it does not apply to:

    • An entity exhibiting animals to the public under a Class C license from the Agriculture Department and meets additional conditions, including being an entity or facility that only allows trained and licensed professionals to physically touch prohibited wildlife species.
    • A state college, university, agency or state-licensed veterinarian; a wildlife sanctuary that cares for prohibited wildlife species and meets additional conditions, including being an entity that does not breed any prohibited species or does not commercially trade such species.
    • An entity that has custody of any prohibited wildlife species solely for the purpose of expeditiously transporting the prohibited wildlife species and meets additional conditions.
    • An entity or individual that is in possession of any prohibited wildlife species that was born before the enactment of the 2003 law regarding captive wildlife safety (PL 108-191) and meets additional conditions, including being an entity that registers each animal with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within 180 days of the bill's enactment.

    The bill also would establish criminal penalties for any person who knowingly participates in a prohibited act, to a maximum fine of $20,000, five years in jail or both for each violation.

    The bill also would authorize the Interior secretary to consult with relevant federal and state agencies to establish any regulations necessary to implement further prohibitions.

    Amend federal conservation law (PL 97-79) to prohibit the import, export, transport, sale, receipt or purchase of any prohibited wildlife species and the breeding or possession of any prohibited wildlife species.

    The bill would limit the application of the provision so that it does not apply to:

    • An entity exhibiting animals to the public under a Class C license from the Agriculture Department and meets additional conditions, including being an entity or facility that only allows trained and licensed professionals to physically touch prohibited wildlife species.
    • A state college, university, agency or state-licensed veterinarian; a wildlife sanctuary that cares for prohibited wildlife species and meets additional conditions, including being an entity that does not breed any prohibited species or does not commercially trade such species.
    • An entity that has custody of any prohibited wildlife species solely for the purpose of expeditiously transporting the prohibited wildlife species and meets additional conditions.
    • An entity or individual that is in possession of any prohibited wildlife species that was born before the enactment of the 2003 law regarding captive wildlife safety (PL 108-191) and meets additional conditions, including being an entity that registers each animal with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within 180 days of the bill's enactment.
    • The bill also would establish criminal penalties for any person who knowingly participates in a prohibited act, to a maximum fine of $20,000, five years in jail or both for each violation.

      The bill also would authorize the Interior secretary to consult with relevant federal and state agencies to establish any regulations necessary to implement further prohibitions.

      Ordered reported favorably to the full House 21-14.

  • Sept. 18, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cicilline, (D-R.I.)
  • Sept. 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Bass, (D-Calif.)
  • Aug. 30, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Bilirakis, (R-Fla.)
  • Aug. 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Norcross, (D-N.J.)
  • Aug. 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Correa, (D-Calif.)
  • Aug. 2, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Himes, (D-Conn.)
  • July 30, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Meeks, (D-N.Y.)
  • July 24, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Bera, (D-Calif.)
  • July 10, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Lamb, (D-Pa.)Rooney, F. (R-Fla.)
  • July 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cardenas, (D-Calif.)
  • June 25, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Pappas, (D-N.H.)
  • June 24, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Cisneros, (D-Calif.)Sanchez, (D-Calif.)
  • June 19, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Hill, (D-Calif.)
  • June 18, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Rouda, (D-Calif.)
  • June 14, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Carbajal, (D-Calif.)
  • June 12, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Slotkin, (D-Mich.)Takano, (D-Calif.)
  • June 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    LaHood, (R-Ill.)Underwood, (D-Ill.)
  • June 10, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Lipinski, (D-Ill.)Sires, (D-N.J.)Velazquez, (D-N.Y.)
  • June 4, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Schakowsky, (D-Ill.)
  • June 3, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Crow, (D-Colo.)Levin, (D-Calif.)
  • May 28, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Harder, (D-Calif.)
  • May 21, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Kim, (D-N.J.)Peters, S. (D-Calif.)
  • May 20, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Trone, (D-Md.)
  • May 16, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Beatty, (D-Ohio)Fletcher, (D-Texas)
  • May 14, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Huffman, (D-Calif.)
  • May 3, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Wild, (D-Pa.)
  • May 2, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Shalala, (D-Fla.)
  • April 30, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Gottheimer, (D-N.J.)Schweikert, (R-Ariz.)
  • April 12, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Smucker, (R-Pa.)
  • April 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Dean, (D-Pa.)
  • April 3, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Pingree, (D-Maine)
  • March 29, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Axne, (D-Iowa)
  • March 28, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Neguse, (D-Colo.)
  • March 26, 2019 — Subcommittee hearing held by the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife.

  • March 25, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Van Drew, (D-N.J.)
  • March 21, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Bonamici, (D-Ore.)Higgins, B. (D-N.Y.)
    Haaland, (D-N.M.)Sablan, (I-N. Marianas)
  • March 14, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    DeSaulnier, (D-Calif.)Maloney, C. (D-N.Y.)
  • March 11, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 5

    Chu, (D-Calif.)Johnson, B. (R-Ohio)Tonko, (D-N.Y.)
    Garcia, (D-Ill.)Kind, (D-Wis.)
  • March 7, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Loebsack, (D-Iowa)Tipton, (R-Colo.)
    Mucarsel-Powell, (D-Fla.)Titus, (D-Nev.)
  • March 5, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Kuster, (D-N.H.)Pocan, (D-Wis.)
    Lowey, (D-N.Y.)Schneider, (D-Ill.)
  • March 4, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Castor, (D-Fla.)DeLauro, (D-Conn.)Scott, D. (D-Ga.)
    Collins, C. (R-N.Y.)King, P. (R-N.Y.)Yarmuth, (D-Ky.)
  • Feb. 27, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Clark, K. (D-Mass.)Deutch, (D-Fla.)Kennedy, Joseph P. (D-Mass.)
  • Feb. 26, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 53

    Beyer (D-Va.)Keating, (D-Mass.)O'Halleran, (D-Ariz.)
    Blumenauer, (D-Ore.)Kilmer, (D-Wash.)Raskin, (D-Md.)
    Blunt Rochester, (D-Del.)Krishnamoorthi, (D-Ill.)Rice, K. (D-N.Y.)
    Brownley, (D-Calif.)Langevin, (D-R.I.)Roybal-Allard, (D-Calif.)
    Cartwright, (D-Pa.)Lee, B. (D-Calif.)Ruppersberger, (D-Md.)
    Casten, (D-Ill.)Lieu, (D-Calif.)Ryan, T. (D-Ohio)
    Cohen, (D-Tenn.)Lowenthal, (D-Calif.)Schiff, (D-Calif.)
    Connolly, (D-Va.)Lynch, (D-Mass.)Serrano, (D-N.Y.)
    Crist, (D-Fla.)Malinowski, (D-N.J.)Speier, (D-Calif.)
    Davis, S. (D-Calif.)Maloney, S.P. (D-N.Y.)Suozzi, (D-N.Y.)
    DeFazio, (D-Ore.)McCollum, (D-Minn.)Swalwell, (D-Calif.)
    Fitzpatrick, (R-Pa.)McGovern, (D-Mass.)Turner, (R-Ohio)
    Gaetz, (R-Fla.)McNerney, (D-Calif.)Wasserman Schultz, (D-Fla.)
    Gallego, (D-Ariz.)Meng, (D-N.Y.)Watson Coleman, (D-N.J.)
    Gomez, (D-Calif.)Moore, (D-Wis.)Welch, (D-Vt.)
    Hastings, (D-Fla.)Moulton, (D-Mass.)Wilson, F. (D-Fla.)
    Jackson Lee, (D-Texas)Napolitano, (D-Calif.)Zeldin, (R-N.Y.)
    Jayapal, (D-Wash.)Norton, (D-D.C.)
  • Feb. 26, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Natural Resources.Congressional Record p. H2234