[113th Congress Public Law 239]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]

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Public Law 113-239
113th Congress

                                 An Act

To grant the Secretary of the Interior permanent authority to authorize 
         States to issue electronic duck stamps, and for other 
            purposes. <<NOTE: Dec. 18, 2014 -  [H.R. 1206]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Permanent 
Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2013.>> 
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 16 USC 718o note.>> SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act 
of 2013''.
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 16 USC 718o.>> DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
            (1) Actual stamp.--The term ``actual stamp'' means a Federal 
        migratory-bird hunting and conservation stamp required under the 
        Act of March 16, 1934 (16 U.S.C. 718a et seq.) (popularly known 
        as the ``Duck Stamp Act''), that is printed on paper and sold 
        through the means established by the authority of the Secretary 
        immediately before the date of enactment of this Act.
            (2) Automated licensing system.--
                    (A) In general.--The term ``automated licensing 
                system'' means an electronic, computerized licensing 
                system used by a State fish and wildlife agency to issue 
                hunting, fishing, and other associated licenses and 
                    (B) Inclusion.--The term ``automated licensing 
                system'' includes a point-of-sale, Internet, telephonic 
                system, or other electronic applications used for a 
                purpose described in subparagraph (A).
            (3) Electronic stamp.--The term ``electronic stamp'' means 
        an electronic version of an actual stamp that--
                    (A) is a unique identifier for the individual to 
                whom it is issued;
                    (B) can be printed on paper or produced through an 
                electronic application with the same indicators as the 
                State endorsement provides;
                    (C) is issued through a State automated licensing 
                system that is authorized, under State law and by the 
                Secretary under this Act, to issue electronic stamps;
                    (D) is compatible with the hunting licensing system 
                of the State that issues the electronic stamp; and
                    (E) is described in the State application approved 
                by the Secretary under section 4(b).
            (4) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior.

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    (a) In General.--The Secretary may authorize any State to issue 
electronic stamps in accordance with this Act.
    (b) Consultation.--The Secretary shall implement this section in 
consultation with State management agencies.

    (a) Approval of Application Required.--The Secretary may not 
authorize a State to issue electronic stamps under this Act unless the 
Secretary has received and approved an application submitted by the 
State in accordance with this section. The Secretary may determine the 
number of new States per year to participate in the electronic stamp 
    (b) Contents of Application.--The Secretary may not approve a State 
application unless the application contains--
            (1) a description of the format of the electronic stamp that 
        the State will issue under this Act, including identifying 
        features of the licensee that will be specified on the stamp;
            (2) a description of any fee the State will charge for 
        issuance of an electronic stamp;
            (3) a description of the process the State will use to 
        account for and transfer to the Secretary the amounts collected 
        by the State that are required to be transferred to the 
        Secretary under the program;
            (4) the manner by which the State will transmit electronic 
        stamp customer data to the Secretary;
            (5) the manner by which actual stamps will be delivered;
            (6) the policies and procedures under which the State will 
        issue duplicate electronic stamps; and
            (7) such other policies, procedures, and information as may 
        be reasonably required by the Secretary.

    (c) Publication of Deadlines, Eligibility Requirements, and 
Selection Criteria.--Not later than 30 days before the date on which the 
Secretary begins accepting applications under this section, the 
Secretary shall publish--
            (1) deadlines for submission of applications;
            (2) eligibility requirements for submitting applications; 
            (3) criteria for approving applications.

    (a) Delivery of Actual Stamp.--The Secretary shall require that each 
individual to whom a State sells an electronic stamp under this Act 
shall receive an actual stamp--
            (1) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> by not later than the date on which 
        the electronic stamp expires under section 6(c); and
            (2) in a manner agreed upon by the State and Secretary.

    (b) Collection and Transfer of Electronic Stamp Revenue and Customer 
            (1) Requirement to transmit.--The Secretary shall require 
        each State authorized to issue electronic stamps to collect and 
        submit to the Secretary in accordance with this section--
                    (A) the first name, last name, and complete mailing 
                address of each individual that purchases an electronic 
                stamp from the State;
                    (B) the face value amount of each electronic stamp 
                sold by the State; and

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                    (C) the amount of the Federal portion of any fee 
                required by the agreement for each stamp sold.
            (2) Time of transmittal. <<NOTE: Contracts.>> --The 
        Secretary shall require the submission under paragraph (1) to be 
        made with respect to sales of electronic stamps by a State 
        according to the written agreement between the Secretary and the 
        State agency.
            (3) Additional fees not affected.--This section shall not 
        apply to the State portion of any fee collected by a State under 
        subsection (c).

    (c) Electronic Stamp Issuance Fee.--A State authorized to issue 
electronic stamps may charge a reasonable fee to cover costs incurred by 
the State and the Department of the Interior in issuing electronic 
stamps under this Act, including costs of delivery of actual stamps.
    (d) Duplicate Electronic Stamps.--A State authorized to issue 
electronic stamps may issue a duplicate electronic stamp to replace an 
electronic stamp issued by the State that is lost or damaged.
    (e) Limitation on Authority To Require Purchase of State License.--A 
State may not require that an individual purchase a State hunting 
license as a condition of issuing an electronic stamp under this Act.

    (a) Stamp Requirements.--The Secretary shall require an electronic 
stamp issued by a State under this Act--
            (1) to have the same format as any other license, 
        validation, or privilege the State issues under the automated 
        licensing system of the State; and
            (2) to specify identifying features of the licensee that are 
        adequate to enable Federal, State, and other law enforcement 
        officers to identify the holder.

    (b) Recognition of Electronic Stamp.--Any electronic stamp issued by 
a State under this Act shall, during the effective period of the 
electronic stamp--
            (1) bestow upon the licensee the same privileges as are 
        bestowed by an actual stamp;
            (2) be recognized nationally as a valid Federal migratory 
        bird hunting and conservation stamp; and
            (3) authorize the licensee to hunt migratory waterfowl in 
        any other State, in accordance with the laws of the other State 
        governing that hunting.

    (c) Duration.--An electronic stamp issued by a State shall be valid 
for a period agreed to by the State and the Secretary, which shall not 
exceed 45 days.

    The <<NOTE: Notification. Deadlines.>> authority of a State to issue 
electronic stamps under this Act may be terminated--
            (1) by the Secretary, if the Secretary--
                    (A) finds that the State has violated any of the 
                terms of the application of the State approved by the 
                Secretary under section 4; and
                    (B) provides to the State written notice of the 
                termination by not later than the date that is 30 days 
                before the date of termination; or

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            (2) by the State, by providing written notice to the 
        Secretary by not later than the date that is 30 days before the 
        termination date.

    Approved December 18, 2014.


HOUSE REPORTS: No. 113-67 (Comm. on Natural Resources).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 113-145 (Comm. on Environment and Public Works).
                                                        Vol. 159 (2013):
                                    June 3, considered and passed House.
                                                        Vol. 160 (2014):
                                    Dec. 15, considered and passed