Summary

To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to limit the application of that Act with respect to plants and plant products that were imported before the effective... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jun 7, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to limit the application of that Act with respect to plants and plant products that were imported before the effective date of amendments to that Act enacted in 2008, 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 ``Retailers and Entertainers Lacey Implementation and Enforcement Fairness Act'' or the ``RELIEF Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) Amendments to the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 were enacted as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246). (2) The 2008 amendments were intended to level the playing field for American businesses engaged in the responsible harvest, shipment, manufacture, and trade of plants and plant products whose prices had been undercut by a black market fueled by irresponsible and illegal taking of protected plants around the globe. (3) The 2008 amendments were overly broad and their enforcement as enacted could criminalize actions of a good- faith owner, purchaser, or retailer of a plant or plant product, subjecting them to penalties that include forfeiture, fines, and imprisonment. (4) Sanctions for violating the 2008 amendments should be proportional to the act in violation. An individual who is not in the commercial shipping business should not be held to the same standard of compliance under that Act. (5) Individuals fear that they risk incurring...

Read Full Text

Sentiment Map

Select:

Nation

0 Supporting
0 Opposing
0% 0%

State: CA

0 Supporting
0 Opposing
0% 0%

District: 1st

0 Supporting
0 Opposing
0% 0%

Popularity Trend

Organizations Supporting

Supports. (Source: http://www.namm.org/public-affairs/articles/contact-your-member-congress-now-support-hr-3210-r)

Share

Orchestral groups of all budget sizes and from all regions of the country perform domestically for U.S. audiences and travel abroad to present their music to the world. The Lacey Act, which was first enacted in 1900, was amended in 2008 making it unlawful to import, transport, or sell products derived from illegally harvested plants. The scope of the 2008 amendment included musical instruments made of wood or any other plant materials and applies to individual musicians who possess or travel with their personal instruments for the purpose of performing. While we are not aware of individuals being subjected to criminal prosecution or forfeiture of instruments, the Lacey Act does not specify protection for owners of musical instruments. Though federal agencies have issued statements clarifying that individual musicians will not be the subject of enforcement, the underlying law must be changed to guarantee relief from potential unintended consequences of the Lacey Act. Passage of the RELIEF Act, introduced by Rep. Jim Cooper (TN) would be an important step toward protecting musicians https://secure3.convio.net/paa/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=365

Share

Organizations Opposing

Widespread illegal logging is placing at risk the wood we treasure in our musical instruments, and thus the future of music as we know it. As musicians dedicated to our art and to protecting the earth’s natural resources, we call on everyone involved in the sourcing, crafting and production of musical instruments to join us in our commitment to eliminate all trade in illegally logged timber and forest products. We will not buy a new instrument without asking where the wood comes from and if it was harvested legally and sustainably. We support the Lacey Act and other laws that prohibit trade in illegally sourced wood and we oppose the efforts currently underway to weaken the Lacey Act. We urge lawmakers, suppliers and craftsmen to ensure that our art has a positive impact on the environment rather than contributing to forest destruction. We call on our fellow musicians to do the same. http://naturalresources.house.gov/UploadedFiles/GardnerTestimony05.08.12.pdf

Share
Reverb 2 years ago

November 1, 2011   Dear Representative:   We strongly oppose H.R. 3210, the RELIEF Act, sponsored by Representatives Cooper, Blackburn and Bono Mack. As proposed, this amendment would be devastating to the 2008 Lacey Act amendments, one of the most important and successful trade and conservation laws passed in the last decade, This bill would hurt American businesses and severely undermine longstanding US leadership in global forest conservation and curbing illegal logging. Responding to the economic and environmental costs of illegally traded timber, the 2008 amendments to Lacey Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support from Congress, industry, labor and environmental organizations, making it unlawful to trade timber and wood products or other plants taken in violation of the laws of either a US state or a foreign country. Read more: http://www.eia-global.org/PDF/Oppose3210Letter.pdf

Share

November 1, 2011   Dear Representative:   We strongly oppose H.R. 3210, the RELIEF Act, sponsored by Representatives Cooper, Blackburn and Bono Mack. As proposed, this amendment would be devastating to the 2008 Lacey Act amendments, one of the most important and successful trade and conservation laws passed in the last decade, This bill would hurt American businesses and severely undermine longstanding US leadership in global forest conservation and curbing illegal logging. Responding to the economic and environmental costs of illegally traded timber, the 2008 amendments to Lacey Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support from Congress, industry, labor and environmental organizations, making it unlawful to trade timber and wood products or other plants taken in violation of the laws of either a US state or a foreign country. Read more: http://www.eia-global.org/PDF/Oppose3210Letter.pdf

Share
Blue Green Alliance 2 years ago

November 1, 2011   Dear Representative:   We strongly oppose H.R. 3210, the RELIEF Act, sponsored by Representatives Cooper, Blackburn and Bono Mack. As proposed, this amendment would be devastating to the 2008 Lacey Act amendments, one of the most important and successful trade and conservation laws passed in the last decade, This bill would hurt American businesses and severely undermine longstanding US leadership in global forest conservation and curbing illegal logging. Responding to the economic and environmental costs of illegally traded timber, the 2008 amendments to Lacey Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support from Congress, industry, labor and environmental organizations, making it unlawful to trade timber and wood products or other plants taken in violation of the laws of either a US state or a foreign country. Read more: http://www.eia-global.org/PDF/Oppose3210Letter.pdf

Share

November 1, 2011   Dear Representative:   We strongly oppose H.R. 3210, the RELIEF Act, sponsored by Representatives Cooper, Blackburn and Bono Mack. As proposed, this amendment would be devastating to the 2008 Lacey Act amendments, one of the most important and successful trade and conservation laws passed in the last decade, This bill would hurt American businesses and severely undermine longstanding US leadership in global forest conservation and curbing illegal logging. Responding to the economic and environmental costs of illegally traded timber, the 2008 amendments to Lacey Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support from Congress, industry, labor and environmental organizations, making it unlawful to trade timber and wood products or other plants taken in violation of the laws of either a US state or a foreign country. Read more: http://www.eia-global.org/PDF/Oppose3210Letter.pdf

Share

Clean Air Task Force
2 years ago

November 1, 2011   Dear Representative:   We strongly oppose H.R. 3210, the RELIEF Act, sponsored by Representatives Cooper, Blackburn and Bono Mack. As proposed, this amendment would be devastating to the 2008 Lacey Act amendments, one of the most important and successful trade and conservation laws passed in the last decade, This bill would hurt American businesses and severely undermine longstanding US leadership in global forest conservation and curbing illegal logging. Responding to the economic and environmental costs of illegally traded timber, the 2008 amendments to Lacey Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support from Congress, industry, labor and environmental organizations, making it unlawful to trade timber and wood products or other plants taken in violation of the laws of either a US state or a foreign country. Read more: http://www.eia-global.org/PDF/Oppose3210Letter.pdf

Share
Friends of the Earth 2 years ago

Users Supporting

No constiutents supporting yet.

Users Opposing

No constituents opposing yet.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3209 Premarket Predictability Act of 2011 H.R. 3211 Humanitarian Device Reform Act of 2011