[Congressional Bills 114th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[S. 659 Introduced in Senate (IS)]

114th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 S. 659

To protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, 
                 and shooting, and for other purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             March 4, 2015

 Mr. Sullivan introduced the following bill; which was read twice and 
       referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

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                                 A BILL


 
To protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, 
                 and shooting, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Bipartisan 
Sportsmen's Act of 2015''.
    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as 
follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
Sec. 2. Modification of definition of sport fishing equipment under the 
                            Toxic Substances Control Act.
Sec. 3. Target practice and marksmanship.
Sec. 4. Permits for importation of polar bear trophies taken in sport 
                            hunts in Canada.
Sec. 5. Baiting of migratory game birds.
Sec. 6. Protecting the right of individuals to bear arms at water 
                            resources development projects.
Sec. 7. North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
Sec. 8. Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization.
Sec. 9. Interest on obligations held in the wildlife restoration fund.

SEC. 2. MODIFICATION OF DEFINITION OF SPORT FISHING EQUIPMENT UNDER THE 
              TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT.

    Section 3(2)(B) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (15 U.S.C. 
2602(2)(B)) is amended--
            (1) in clause (v), by striking ``, and'' and inserting ``, 
        or any component of any such article including, without 
        limitation, shot, bullets and other projectiles, propellants, 
        and primers,'';
            (2) in clause (vi) by striking the period at the end and 
        inserting ``, and''; and
            (3) by inserting after clause (vi) the following:
            ``(vii) any sport fishing equipment (as such term is 
        defined in section 4162(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 
        1986) the sale of which is subject to the tax imposed by 
        section 4161(a) of such Code (determined without regard to any 
        exemptions from such tax provided by section 4162 or 4221 or 
        any other provision of such Code), and sport fishing equipment 
        components.''.

SEC. 3. TARGET PRACTICE AND MARKSMANSHIP.

    (a) Purpose.--The purpose of this section is to facilitate the 
construction and expansion of public target ranges, including ranges on 
Federal land managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land 
Management.
    (b) Definition of Public Target Range.--In this section, the term 
``public target range'' means a specific location that--
            (1) is identified by a governmental agency for recreational 
        shooting;
            (2) is open to the public;
            (3) may be supervised; and
            (4) may accommodate archery or rifle, pistol, or shotgun 
        shooting.
    (c) Amendments to Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act.--
            (1) Definitions.--Section 2 of the Pittman-Robertson 
        Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669a) is amended--
                    (A) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (8) as 
                paragraphs (3) through (9), respectively; and
                    (B) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:
            ``(2) the term `public target range' means a specific 
        location that--
                    ``(A) is identified by a governmental agency for 
                recreational shooting;
                    ``(B) is open to the public;
                    ``(C) may be supervised; and
                    ``(D) may accommodate archery or rifle, pistol, or 
                shotgun shooting;''.
            (2) Expenditures for management of wildlife areas and 
        resources.--Section 8(b) of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife 
        Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669g(b)) is amended--
                    (A) by striking ``(b) Each State'' and inserting 
                the following:
    ``(b) Expenditures for Management of Wildlife Areas and 
Resources.--
            ``(1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), 
        each State'';
                    (B) in paragraph (1) (as so designated), by 
                striking ``construction, operation,'' and inserting 
                ``operation'';
                    (C) in the second sentence, by striking ``The non-
                Federal share'' and inserting the following:
            ``(3) Non-federal share.--The non-Federal share'';
                    (D) in the third sentence, by striking ``The 
                Secretary'' and inserting the following:
            ``(4) Regulations.--The Secretary''; and
                    (E) by inserting after paragraph (1) (as designated 
                by subparagraph (A)) the following:
            ``(2) Exception.--Notwithstanding the limitation described 
        in paragraph (1), a State may pay up to 90 percent of the cost 
        of acquiring land for, expanding, or constructing a public 
        target range.''.
            (3) Firearm and bow hunter education and safety program 
        grants.--Section 10 of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife 
        Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669h-1) is amended--
                    (A) in subsection (a), by adding at the end the 
                following:
            ``(3) Allocation of additional amounts.--Of the amount 
        apportioned to a State for any fiscal year under section 4(b), 
        the State may elect to allocate not more than 10 percent, to be 
        combined with the amount apportioned to the State under 
        paragraph (1) for that fiscal year, for acquiring land for, 
        expanding, or constructing a public target range.'';
                    (B) by striking subsection (b) and inserting the 
                following:
    ``(b) Cost Sharing.--
            ``(1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
        Federal share of the cost of any activity carried out using a 
        grant under this section shall not exceed 75 percent of the 
        total cost of the activity.
            ``(2) Public target range construction or expansion.--The 
        Federal share of the cost of acquiring land for, expanding, or 
        constructing a public target range in a State on Federal or 
        non-Federal land pursuant to this section or section 8(b) shall 
        not exceed 90 percent of the cost of the activity.''; and
                    (C) in subsection (c)(1)--
                            (i) by striking ``Amounts made'' and 
                        inserting the following:
                    ``(A) In general.--Except as provided in 
                subparagraph (B), amounts made''; and
                            (ii) by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(B) Exception.--Amounts provided for acquiring 
                land for, constructing, or expanding a public target 
                range shall remain available for expenditure and 
                obligation during the 5-fiscal-year period beginning on 
                October 1 of the first fiscal year for which the 
                amounts are made available.''.
    (d) Sense of Congress Regarding Cooperation.--It is the sense of 
Congress that, consistent with applicable laws (including regulations), 
the Chief of the Forest Service and the Director of the Bureau of Land 
Management should cooperate with State and local authorities and other 
entities to carry out waste removal and other activities on any Federal 
land used as a public target range to encourage continued use of that 
land for target practice or marksmanship training.

SEC. 4. PERMITS FOR IMPORTATION OF POLAR BEAR TROPHIES TAKEN IN SPORT 
              HUNTS IN CANADA.

    Section 104(c)(5)(D) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 
(16 U.S.C. 1374(c)(5)(D)) is amended to read as follows:
            ``(D)(i) The Secretary of the Interior shall, expeditiously 
        after the expiration of the applicable 30-day period under 
        subsection (d)(2), issue a permit for the importation of any 
        polar bear part (other than an internal organ) from a polar 
        bear taken in a sport hunt in Canada to any person--
                    ``(I) who submits, with the permit application, 
                proof that the polar bear was legally harvested by the 
                person before February 18, 1997; or
                    ``(II) who has submitted, in support of a permit 
                application submitted before May 15, 2008, proof that 
                the polar bear was legally harvested by the person 
                before May 15, 2008, from a polar bear population from 
                which a sport-hunted trophy could be imported before 
                that date in accordance with section 18.30(i) of title 
                50, Code of Federal Regulations.
            ``(ii) The Secretary shall issue permits under clause 
        (i)(I) without regard to subparagraphs (A) and (C)(ii) of this 
        paragraph, subsection (d)(3), and sections 101 and 102. 
        Sections 101(a)(3)(B) and 102(b)(3) shall not apply to the 
        importation of any polar bear part authorized by a permit 
        issued under clause (i)(I). This clause shall not apply to 
        polar bear parts that were imported before June 12, 1997.
            ``(iii) The Secretary shall issue permits under clause 
        (i)(II) without regard to subparagraph (C)(ii) of this 
        paragraph or subsection (d)(3). Sections 101(a)(3)(B) and 
        102(b)(3) shall not apply to the importation of any polar bear 
        part authorized by a permit issued under clause (i)(II). This 
        clause shall not apply to polar bear parts that were imported 
        before the date of enactment of the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act 
        of 2015.''.

SEC. 5. BAITING OF MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS.

    Section 3 of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 704) is 
amended by striking subsection (b) and inserting the following:
    ``(b) Prohibition of Baiting.--
            ``(1) Definitions.--In this subsection:
                    ``(A) Baited area.--
                            ``(i) In general.--The term `baited area' 
                        means--
                                    ``(I) any area on which salt, 
                                grain, or other feed has been placed, 
                                exposed, deposited, distributed, or 
                                scattered, if the salt, grain, or feed 
                                could lure or attract migratory game 
                                birds; and
                                    ``(II) in the case of waterfowl, 
                                cranes (family Gruidae), and coots 
                                (family Rallidae), a standing, 
                                unharvested crop that has been 
                                manipulated through activities such as 
                                mowing, discing, or rolling, unless the 
                                activities are normal agricultural 
                                practices.
                            ``(ii) Exclusions.--An area shall not be 
                        considered to be a `baited area' if the area--
                                    ``(I) has been treated with a 
                                normal agricultural practice;
                                    ``(II) has standing crops that have 
                                not been manipulated; or
                                    ``(III) has standing crops that 
                                have been or are flooded.
                    ``(B) Baiting.--The term `baiting' means the direct 
                or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, 
                distributing, or scattering of salt, grain, or other 
                feed that could lure or attract migratory game birds 
                to, on, or over any areas on which a hunter is 
                attempting to take migratory game birds.
                    ``(C) Migratory game bird.--The term `migratory 
                game bird' means migratory bird species--
                            ``(i) that are within the taxonomic 
                        families of Anatidae, Columbidae, Gruidae, 
                        Rallidae, and Scolopacidae; and
                            ``(ii) for which open seasons are 
                        prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior.
                    ``(D) Normal agricultural practice.--
                            ``(i) In general.--The term `normal 
                        agricultural practice' means any practice in 1 
                        annual growing season that--
                                    ``(I) is carried out in order to 
                                produce a marketable crop, including 
                                planting, harvest, post-harvest, or 
                                soil conservation practices; and
                                    ``(II) is recommended for the 
                                successful harvest of a given crop by 
                                the applicable State office of the 
                                Cooperative Extension System of the 
                                Department of Agriculture, in 
                                consultation with, and if requested, 
                                the concurrence of, the head of the 
                                applicable State department of fish and 
                                wildlife.
                            ``(ii) Inclusions.--
                                    ``(I) In general.--Subject to 
                                subclause (II), the term `normal 
                                agricultural practice' includes the 
                                destruction of a crop in accordance 
                                with practices required by the Federal 
                                Crop Insurance Corporation for 
                                agricultural producers to obtain crop 
                                insurance under the Federal Crop 
                                Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.) 
                                on land on which a crop during the 
                                current or immediately preceding crop 
                                year was not harvestable due to a 
                                natural disaster (including any 
                                hurricane, storm, tornado, flood, high 
                                water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, 
                                tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, 
                                landslide, mudslide, drought, fire, 
                                snowstorm, or other catastrophe that is 
                                declared a major disaster by the 
                                President in accordance with section 
                                401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster 
                                Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 
                                U.S.C. 5170)).
                                    ``(II) Limitations.--The term 
                                `normal agricultural practice' only 
                                includes a crop described in subclause 
                                (I) that has been destroyed or 
                                manipulated through activities that 
                                include (but are not limited to) 
                                mowing, discing, or rolling if the 
                                Federal Crop Insurance Corporation 
                                certifies that flooding was not an 
                                acceptable method of destruction to 
                                obtain crop insurance under the Federal 
                                Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1501 et 
                                seq.).
                    ``(E) Waterfowl.--The term `waterfowl' means native 
                species of the family Anatidae.
            ``(2) Prohibition.--It shall be unlawful for any person--
                    ``(A) to take any migratory game bird by baiting or 
                on or over any baited area, if the person knows or 
                reasonably should know that the area is a baited area; 
                or
                    ``(B) to place or direct the placement of bait on 
                or adjacent to an area for the purpose of causing, 
                inducing, or allowing any person to take or attempt to 
                take any migratory game bird by baiting or on or over 
                the baited area.
            ``(3) Regulations.--The Secretary of the Interior may 
        promulgate regulations to implement this subsection.
            ``(4) Reports.--Annually, the Secretary of Agriculture 
        shall submit to the Secretary of the Interior a report that 
        describes any changes to normal agricultural practices across 
        the range of crops grown by agricultural producers in each 
        region of the United States in which the recommendations are 
        provided to agricultural producers.''.

SEC. 6. PROTECTING THE RIGHT OF INDIVIDUALS TO BEAR ARMS AT WATER 
              RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

    The Secretary of the Army shall not promulgate or enforce any 
regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm, 
including an assembled or functional firearm, in any area open to the 
public (other than a Federal facility as defined in section 930(g) of 
title 18, United States Code) at a water resources development project 
covered under section 327.0 of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations 
(as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act), if--
            (1) the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from 
        possessing the firearm; and
            (2) the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the 
        law of the State in which the water resources development 
        project is located.

SEC. 7. NORTH AMERICAN WETLANDS CONSERVATION ACT.

    Section 7(c) of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (16 
U.S.C. 4406(c)) is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (4), by striking ``and'';
            (2) in paragraph (5), by striking the period at the end and 
        inserting ``; and''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(6) $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2015 through 
        2020.''.

SEC. 8. MULTINATIONAL SPECIES CONSERVATION FUNDS REAUTHORIZATION.

    (a)  Reauthorization of African Elephant Conservation Act.--Section 
2306(a) of the African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4245(a)) is 
amended by striking ``2007 through 2012'' and inserting ``2016 through 
2020''.
    (b)  Reauthorization of Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 
1994.--Section 10(a) of the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 
1994 (16 U.S.C. 5306(a)) is amended by striking ``2007 through 2012'' 
and inserting ``2016 through 2020''.
    (c)  Reauthorization of Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997.--
Section 8(a) of the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 
4266(a)) is amended by striking ``2007 through 2012'' and inserting 
``2016 through 2020''.
    (d) Amendment and Reauthorization of Great Ape Conservation Act of 
2000.--The Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000 is amended as follows:
            (1) Multiyear grants.--In section 4 (16 U.S.C. 6303), by 
        adding at the end the following new subsections:
    ``(j) Multiyear Grants.--
            ``(1) In general.--The Secretary may award a multiyear 
        grant under this section to a person who is otherwise eligible 
        for a grant under this section, to carry out a project that the 
        person demonstrates is an effective, long-term conservation 
        strategy for great apes and their habitats.
            ``(2) Annual grants not affected.--This subsection shall 
        not be construed as precluding the Secretary from awarding 
        grants on an annual basis.''.
            (2) Panel of experts.--In section 4(i) (16 U.S.C. 
        6303(i))--
                    (A) in paragraph (1), by--
                            (i) striking ``Every 2 years'' and 
                        inserting ``Within one year after the date of 
                        the enactment of the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act 
                        of 2015, and every 5 years thereafter'';
                            (ii) striking ``may convene'' and inserting 
                        ``shall convene'';
                            (iii) inserting ``and priorities'' after 
                        ``needs''; and
                            (iv) adding at the end the following new 
                        sentence: ``The panel shall, to the extent 
                        practicable, include representatives from 
                        foreign range states with expertise in great 
                        ape conservation.''; and
                    (B) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph 
                (4), and inserting after paragraph (1) the following 
                new paragraphs:
            ``(2) In identifying conservation needs and priorities 
        under paragraph (1), the panel shall consider relevant great 
        ape conservation plans or strategies including scientific 
        research and findings related to--
                    ``(A) the conservation needs and priorities of 
                great apes;
                    ``(B) regional or species-specific action plans or 
                strategies;
                    ``(C) applicable strategies developed or initiated 
                by the Secretary; and
                    ``(D) any other applicable conservation plan or 
                strategy.
            ``(3) The Secretary, subject to the availability of 
        appropriations, may pay expenses of convening and facilitating 
        meetings of the panel.''.
            (3) Administrative expenses limitation.--In section 5(b)(2) 
        (16 U.S.C. 6304(b)(2)), by striking ``$100,000'' and inserting 
        ``$150,000''.
            (4) Authorization of appropriations.--In section 6 (16 
        U.S.C. 6305), by striking ``2006 through 2010'' and inserting 
        ``2016 through 2020''.
    (e) Amendment and Reauthorization of Marine Turtle Conservation Act 
of 2004.--
            (1) In general.--The Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 
        is amended--
                    (A) in sections 2(b) and 3(2) (16 U.S.C. 6601(b), 
                6602(2)), by inserting ``and territories of the United 
                States'' after ``foreign countries'' each place it 
                occurs;
                    (B) in section 3 (16 U.S.C. 6602) by adding at the 
                end the following:
            ``(7) Territory of the united states.--The term `territory 
        of the United States' means each of Puerto Rico, the United 
        States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth 
        of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other territory or 
        possession of the United States.''; and
                    (C) in section 4 (16 U.S.C. 6603)--
                            (i) in subsection (b)(1)(A), by inserting 
                        ``or territory of the United States'' after 
                        ``foreign country''; and
                            (ii) in subsection (d) by inserting ``and 
                        territories of the United States'' after 
                        ``foreign countries''.
            (2) Administrative expenses limitation.--Section 5(b)(2) of 
        the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 (16 U.S.C. 
        6604(b)(2)) is amended by striking ``$80,000'' and inserting 
        ``$150,000''.
            (3) Reauthorization.--Section 7 of the Marine Turtle 
        Conservation Act of 2004 (16 U.S.C. 6606) is amended by 
        striking ``each of fiscal years 2005 through 2009'' and 
        inserting ``each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020''.

SEC. 9. INTEREST ON OBLIGATIONS HELD IN THE WILDLIFE RESTORATION FUND.

    Section 3(b)(2)(C) of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration 
Act (16 U.S.C. 669b) is amended by striking ``2016'' and inserting 
``2026''.
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