|Sponsor||Rep. Harper, Gregg|
|Committee||Transportation and Infrastructure|
|Date||November 14, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Andy Koenig|
On Monday, November 14, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 588, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 588 was introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) on February 9, 2011, and was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which reported the bill by unanimous consent on October 5, 2011.
H.R. 588 would re-designate the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Brooksville, Mississippi, as the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.
According to House Report 112-279, the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1940 on lands obtained through the Resettlement Administration. Today, it is 48,000 acres in size and is located within the three east-central Mississippi counties of Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Winston. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, over 125,000 people visit the Refuge annually to participate in fishing, hunting, wildlife observation, wildlife photography and environmental education.
Sam D. Hamilton was born in 1955 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and grew up near the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi. Hamilton went on to serve for 30 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hamilton was selected as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by President Barack Obama and was sworn in as its 15th Director of the Service on September 15, 2009. On February 20, 2010, Hamilton died of a heart attack at the age of 54 while serving as the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
According to CBO, H.R. 588 would have no significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect direct spending or revenues.