|Sponsor||Rep. Ortiz, Solomon P.|
|Date||October 13, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3537 on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 3537 was introduced on September 8, 2009, by Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which held a mark-up and reported the bill, as amended, by unanimous consent on September 30, 2009.
H.R. 3537 would reauthorize the federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program through FY 2015. The bill would increase the authorized level of funding for the program from $350,000 annually to $500,000 for each year from FY 2010 through FY 2015. In addition, the legislation would require the Secretary of Interior to submit to Congress a report of the status of the program in each State in 2010 and every five years thereafter.
The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program was established in 1989 as a program to incorporate wildlife management principles with art education. Since 1993, the Program has held a national art contest to decide which junior art entry will be portrayed on a new duck stamp. In 1994, the program was recognized by Congress with the passage of the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Act. The legislation created the official Junior Duck Stamp and authorized the Secretary of Interior to license and market the stamp and its design. Each year, a contest is held for art students in four different age categories. The first place design from the national contest is used to create a Junior Duck Stamp for the following year, which is sold by the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex Corporation for $5. According to the program's website, the participation level has remained steady around 28,000 students since 2000, and revenues from the program were $172,000 in FY 2004. According to CBO, the federal government's main cost for the program is spent conducting the design competition for the junior duck stamps.
According to CBO, enacting H.R. 3537 would cost about $2 million over the FY 2010 through FY 2014 period and an additional $500,000 in FY 2015.