September 16, 2005
September 16, 2005 -- Later this month, Rep. Richard Pombo (CA), chairman of the House Resources Committee, is expected to introduce legislation to overhaul the 32-year-old Endangered Species Act (ESA). It is anticipated that the committee will consider and likely mark-up the new ESA bill next Wednesday, making the bill available for review later in the week.
The parameters of the ESA reform bill are still in process, however, personal property rights, a better distinction between threatened and endangered species and improving program efficiencies are all expected to be part of the discussions.
In anticipation of the introduction of this bill, a grassroots fly-in to Washington, D.C., is being planned for the week of Sept. 19, to support the chairman as he begins his push to update the ESA. Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33