Bill Would Put Endangered Species Act In Governors' Hands

Law360, Los Angeles (November 19, 2013, 10:31 PM EST) -- Governors may soon be charged with choosing how their states follow the Endangered Species Act, if a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate on Tuesday is passed into law.

Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., on Tuesday introduced the Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act, a major overhaul of the 1973 statute meant to protect endangered species and their habitats.

The bill would enable state lawmakers to make decisions about which species are in need of protection, and what land...
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