H.R. 3109, To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from prohibitions against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts

H.R. 3109

To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from prohibitions against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts

Date
September 8, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 8, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 3109, a bill to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from prohibitions against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts, and for other purposes, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 3109 was introduced on September 17, 2013 by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill was marked up on July 30, 2014 and was ordered reported by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3109 amends the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from the prohibition against the sale of items containing non-edible migratory bird parts. Specifically, the bill allows the sale of Alaskan Native handicrafts and clothing that contain non-edible migratory bird parts (e.g. feathers), as long as the parts were not taken in a wasteful manner.

Background

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act generally “makes it illegal to hunt, take, capture, kill, possess, sell, barter, trade, or transport any migratory bird, or a part, nest, or egg of the bird.”[1]

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[1] Kristina Alexander, What Happens to the Bald Eagle Now That It Is Not Protected Under the Endangered Species Act?, Congressional Research Service (Oct. 6, 2010) at 4.

 

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 3109 would not significantly impact the federal budget.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.