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H.R. 643 (rh) To reauthorize the African Elephant Conservation Act. [Reported in House] ...
107th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 643 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES June 13, 2001 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To reauthorize the African Elephant Conservation Act. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``African Elephant Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2001''. SEC. 2. REAUTHORIZATION OF AFRICAN ELEPHANT CONSERVATION ACT. Section 2306 of the African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4245) is amended by striking ``1997'' and all that follows through ``2002'' and inserting ``2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007''. SEC. 3. ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES. Section 2306 of the African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4245) is further amended-- (1) by striking ``There are authorized'' and inserting ``(a) In General.--There is authorized''; and (2) by adding at the end the following: ``(b) Administrative Expenses.--Of amounts available each fiscal year to carry out this Act, the Secretary may expend not more than 3 percent or $80,000, whichever is greater, to pay the administrative expenses necessary to carry out this Act.''. SEC. 4. COOPERATION. Part I of the African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4211 et seq.) is further amended by adding at the end the following: ``SEC. 2104. ADVISORY GROUP. ``(a) In General.--To assist in carrying out this Act, the Secretary may convene an advisory group consisting of individuals representing public and private organizations actively involved in the conservation of African elephants. ``(b) Public Participation.-- ``(1) Meetings.--The Advisory Group shall-- ``(A) ensure that each meeting of the advisory group is open to the public; and ``(B) provide, at each meeting, an opportunity for interested persons to present oral or written statements concerning items on the agenda. ``(2) Notice.--The Secretary shall provide to the public timely notice of each meeting of the advisory group. ``(3) Minutes.--Minutes of each meeting of the advisory group shall be kept by the Secretary and shall be made available to the public. ``(c) Exemption From Federal Advisory Committee Act.--The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the advisory group.''. SEC. 5. PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY. Section 2101 of the African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4211) is amended by redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (f), and by inserting after subsection (d) the following: ``(e) Project Sustainability.--To the maximum extent practical, in determining whether to approve project proposals under this section, the Secretary shall give consideration to projects that will enhance sustainable conservation programs to ensure effective long-term conservation of African elephants.''. SEC. 6. TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS. (a) Conforming and Clerical Amendments.--The African Elephant Conservation Act is amended as follows: (1) Section 2101(a) (16 U.S.C. 4211(a)) is amended by striking ``African Elephant Conservation''. (2) Section 2102 (16 U.S.C. 4212) is amended by striking the section heading and all that follows through ``(d) Acceptance and Use of Donations.--'' and inserting the following: ``SEC. 2102. ACCEPTANCE AND USE OF DONATIONS.''. (3) Section 2304 (16 U.S.C. 4243) is repealed. (4) Section 2305(4) (16 U.S.C. 4244(4)) is amended by striking ``the African Elephant Conservation Fund established by section 2102'' and inserting ``the account established by division A, section 101(e), title I of Public Law 105-277 under the heading `multinational species conservation fund'''. (b) Technical Correction.--Title I of section 101(e) of division A of Public Law 105-277 (112 Stat. 2681-237) is amended under the heading ``multinational species conservation fund'' by striking ``Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act, subchapter I'' and inserting ``Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994, part I''. Passed the House of Representatives June 12, 2001. Attest: JEFF TRANDAHL, Clerk.
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