HR.4284 - Esa Improvement Act Of 2014

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3/24/2014--Introduced. ESA Improvement Act of 2014 - Amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from adding a species to the list of endangered and threatened species: (1) if the Secretary has approved a State Protective Action (SPA) for such species, and (2) before the Secretary has made a final determination regarding approval of an SPA. Directs the Secretary to: (1) notify each state of the opportunity to submit an SPA prior to proposing to add a species to the federal list of endangered and threatened species, and (2) provide guidance to states regarding the preparation of an SPA. Establishes a process for approving or disapproving a proposed SPA. Requires the Secretary to review the implementation and effectiveness of an SPA every five years and, if necessary, provide guidance on improvements or revisions that are required to maintain the Secretary's approval of the SPA. Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) revoke approval of an SPA and propose adding a species to the federal list if the state has failed to implement the SPA or the SPA failed to make measurable progress toward meeting the recovery criteria for the species, and (2) terminate the effectiveness of an approved SPA if the recovery criteria for the species have been met.

Committee Hearings Held.
September 9th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Referred To The House Committee On Natural Resources.
March 24th 2014 @ 12:00 AM

H.R.4284 – the ESA Improvement Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), would amend current law to allow states to propose and implement their own state protective actions before species are listed under the Endangered Species Act. 

Erin Carson, Lead Analyst
Tuesday September 9th 2014

H.R. 4284, the Endangered Species Improvement Act, would require the  Department of Interior (DOI) to collaborate with states before listing a species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The DOI would not be able to include in its ESA list any species in a state with an approved State Protection Action for that species. The DOI would give states 90 days before adding a species to its ESA list to identify if that species occurs in the state and can be included under the state’s State Protection Action. The bill will likely pass the House under suspension of the rules but is not likely to be considered in the Senate during the remaining days of the 113th Congress. 

Erin Carson, Lead Analyst
Tuesday September 9th 2014
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