Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
12/09/2019          

Chesapeake Bay Oyster Research Act

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12/15/2019 Introduced in House Open
12/09/2019 Introduced in House Open

            


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 5366


To require the Secretary of the Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to provide grants supporting research on the conservation, restoration, or management of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 9, 2019

Mr. Brown of Maryland (for himself, Mr. Sarbanes, and Mr. Scott of Virginia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to provide grants supporting research on the conservation, restoration, or management of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

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 “Chesapeake Bay Oyster Research Act”.

SEC. 2. Sense of Congress.

It is the sense of Congress that the Chesapeake Bay Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shall be the primary representative of the Administration in the Chesapeake Bay.

SEC. 3. Grants for researching oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary of the Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shall establish a grant program (in this section referred to as the “Program”) under which the Secretary shall award grants to eligible entities for the purpose of conducting research on the conservation, restoration, or management of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

(b) Application.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c) Allocation of grant funds.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall award a grant under the Program to eligible entities that submit an application under subsection (b).

(2) MATCHING REQUIREMENT.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the total amount of Federal funding received under the Program by an eligible entity may not exceed 85 percent of the total cost of the research project for which the funding was awarded. For the purposes of this subparagraph, the non-Federal share of project costs may be provided by in-kind contributions and other noncash support.

(B) WAIVER.—The Secretary may waive all or part of the requirement in subparagraph (A) if the Secretary determines that no reasonable means are available through which an eligible entity applying for a grant under this section can meet such requirement and the probable benefit of such research project outweighs the public interest in such requirement.

(d) Definitions.—In this Act, the following definitions apply:

(1) ACADEMIC COMMUNITY.—The term “academic community” means faculty, researchers, professors, and representatives of State-accredited colleges and universities.

(2) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term “eligible entity” means a member of the academic community, the seafood industry, a relevant nonprofit organization, or a relevant State agency, that is proposing or conducting a research project on the conservation, restoration, or management of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay developed through consultation with a member of the academic community, a member of the seafood industry, a relevant nonprofit organization, or a relevant State agency.

(3) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.—The term “nonprofit organization” means an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.

(4) SEAFOOD INDUSTRY.—The term “seafood industry” means shellfish growers, shellfish harvesters, commercial fishermen, and recreational fishermen.

(5) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $2,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2020 through 2025 to carry out this section.


Picture Name From Date Type
Anthony Brown D-MD 12/09/2019 Sponsor
Robert Scott D-VA 12/09/2019 Cosponsor
John Sarbanes D-MD 12/09/2019 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
12/09/2019 President Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.Action By: House of Representatives
12/09/2019 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
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Research
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Chesapeake Bay
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