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S.19: A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to establish a procedure for approval of certain settlements.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about environmental protection
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Sponsor John Cornyn, R-Texas
Total Cosponsors 17 (All Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 27, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 27, 2013
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Bill Summary

Amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require the Secretary of the Interior, within 30 days after being served with a complaint in an action alleging a failure to perform an act or duty related to an endangered species or threatened species determination, to publish the complaint. Prohibits the failure of the Secretary to meet such deadline from being the basis for such an action. Sets forth requirements concerning the intervention in such actions by affected parties and referral to a mediation program.

Authorizes the court, in issuing any final order in such an action, to award litigation costs to any party. Prohibits the court from: (1) awarding litigation costs in any proposed covered settlement, (2) granting a motion that is based on a proposed covered settlement or other consent decree that includes payment for litigation costs, (3) approving a proposed covered settlement unless each state and county in which the Secretary believes a species occurs approves it...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 27, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.