H.R. 3131: Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act

This bill amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to replace the current standard for awarding court costs, including attorney fees, in citizen suits with the federal judicial code standard for awarding costs to a prevailing party.

Proposed Bill text is below, or GovTrack

Union Calendar No. 424

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3131

[Report No. 115–563, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 29, 2017

Mr. Huizenga introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

February 15, 2018

Additional sponsors: Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Jones, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Mr. Cole, Mr. Cramer, and Mr. Sessions

February 15, 2018

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources

February 15, 2018

The Committee on the Judiciary discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

A BILL

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to conform citizen suits under that Act with other existing law, and for other purposes.

1.Short title
This Act may be cited as the Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act.

2.Award of litigation costs to prevailing parties in accordance with existing law
Section 11(g)(4) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1540(g)(4)) is amended by striking to any and all that follows through the end of the sentence and inserting to any prevailing party in accordance with section 2412 of title 28, United States Code..

February 15, 2018

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources

February 15, 2018

The Committee on the Judiciary discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


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