The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state, tribal, and county governments, who would be required to post more electronic information about endangered species. Would also impact public awareness of endangered species, and consequently how they are protected.
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4315
Based on past costs of inputting documents onto public websites, CBO estimates that this bill would have a negligible effect on the federal budget.
The bill would also require:
- That the “best scientific and commercial data available” used for ESA decision-making be published online.
- Federal agencies to share some of their spending costs with the public. For example, how much money they spend on ESA-related lawsuits, how many employees were dedicated to ESA litigation, and attorney fees doled out to the successful ESA litigant.
- An imposed $125 per hour cap on government reimbursement of attorneys fees under the ESA.
Media: Sponsoring Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) Press ReleaseDefenders of Wildlife (in opposition to H.R. 4315)National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) (in support of H.R. 4315)House Floor Report (dissenting and supporting views)(Photo Credit: Flickr user USFWS Endangered Species)