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Ellen Paul

Update on MBTA legislation

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In November the Ornithological Council reported on pending legislation that would codify the view that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act does not cover incidental take:




Here's the current status:


The bill as reported by the committee to the full House does NOT include the Cheney amendment (not sure why but it doesn't) so it would have to be offered from the floor if the matter goes to the full House for a vote.


This particular legislation (H.R.4239) seems not to be moving. No one seems to be pushing it. It has 16 co-sponsors with no new co-sponsors added since early December. It was reported out of Committee (i.e., it could now be taken up by the full House) on November 8 but there is no indication that it is going to be scheduled for a floor vote. That isn't surprising when you consider that this is an election year and the Congress already has a full load of far more pressing legislation to address. Further, very knowledgeable colleagues who spend most of their time addressing such legislation advise that there seems to be some reason that the Republican leadership is not interested in pursuing this legislation.


That's not to say that it won't move. It could and if there is any indication that it will, then letter-writing and sign-ons might be  advisable. 


In that case, OC will post an action alert.

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