(Introduced in the House)
HR 2874 IH
106th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2874
To amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to provide for delegation to States of the powers and duties under that Act regarding management of wild free-roaming horses and burros, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESSeptember 15, 1999

Mr. GIBBONS (for himself and Mr. HANSEN) introduced the following bill, which was referred to the Committee on Resources

A BILL
To amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to provide for delegation to States of the powers and duties under that Act regarding management of wild free-roaming horses and burros, 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.
This Act may be cited as the ‘Wild Horse and Burro Preservation and Management Act of 1999′.

SEC. 2. DELEGATION OF POWERS AND DUTIES TO STATES REGARDING WILD FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS.

Section 3 of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (16 U.S.C. 1333) is amended by adding at the end the following: (e) DELEGATION OF POWERS AND DUTIES TO STATES — Upon request of the Governor of a State, the Secretary shall delegate to the State the powers and duties of the Secretary under this Act with respect to wild free-roaming horses and burros in the State.

SEC. 3. ALLOCATION OF FUNDS AMONG STATES.
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (16 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

SEC. 12. ALLOCATION OF FUNDS AMONG STATES.

(a) IN GENERAL — Subject to section 13(b)(2), from the total sums available to carry out this Act each fiscal year that are not needed to administer adoptions of wild horses and burros under this Act, the Secretary shall allocate to each State an amount that bears the same ratio to those sums as the population of wild free-roaming horses and burros in the State bears to the total population of wild free-roaming horses and burros in all States.

(b) USE OF ALLOCATED AMOUNTS — Amounts allocated to a State under subsection (a) for a fiscal year shall be used only for activities under this Act in that State.

(c) TRANSFER OF ALLOCATED AMOUNTS TO STATE HAVING DELEGATED POWERS AND DUTIES — If the Secretary has delegated powers and duties to a State under section 3(e)

(1) the Secretary shall transfer to the State the amounts allocated to the State under this section; and

(2) the amounts transferred may be used by the State only to carry out those powers and duties.

SEC. 4. NATIONAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN REGARDING ADOPTION PROGRAM.The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (16 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) is further amended by adding at the end the following:

SEC. 13. NATIONAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN. (a) IN GENERAL — The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management, shall conduct a national media campaign to increase public awareness of the wild free-roaming horses and burros adoption program under this Act.(b)

AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS

(1) IN GENERAL — There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section–

(A) $2,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2000 and 2001; and

(B) $1,000,000 for fiscal year 2002.

(2) NOT SUBJECT TO ALLOCATION — Section 12 shall not apply to amounts appropriated under this section.