S.982: Freedom to Fish Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about water resources development
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Sponsor Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
Total Cosponsors 3 (All Republicans)
Introduced May 16, 2013
Latest Major Action June 3, 2013
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Bill Progress

  • Bill introduced in the Senate   
  • Bill passed in the Senate   
  • Bill passed in the House   
  • Bill signed into law

Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the Senate passed version is repeated here.)

Freedom to Fish Act - Requires the Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers to: (1) cease implementing and enforcing, until two years after enactment of this Act, any restricted area for hazardous waters at dams and other civil works structures in the Cumberland River Basin that the Chief established or modified between August 1, 2012, and the day before the enactment of this Act; and (2) remove any permanent physical barriers constructed in connection with such area.

Requires the Chief, before establishing any such restricted area after this Act's enactment, to: (1) ensure that any restrictions are based on operational conditions that create hazardous waters, and (2) publish and seek and consider public comment on a draft describing the restricted area. Prohibits the Chief from: (1) implementing or enforcing the restricted area until t...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 3, 2013 Became Public Law No: 113-13.
June 3, 2013 Signed by President.
May 22, 2013 Presented to President.
May 21, 2013 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
May 21, 2013 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H2825)
May 21, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 982.
May 21, 2013 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H2825-2827)
May 21, 2013 Mr. Shuster moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
May 20, 2013 Held at the desk.
May 20, 2013 Received in the House.
May 20, 2013 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
May 16, 2013 Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S3584-3585; text as passed Senate: CR S3585)