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     The House Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans 
     markup up HR 1451, the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, 
     at 2 pm today.  Mr. Gilchrest offered an amendment in the nature of a 
     substitute.  Amended provisions include:
     The amendment includes:
     1) Technical changes
     2) Correction of the definition of nonindigenous species to match the 
     National Invasive Species Act
     3) New paragraph: "Exclusion of federal funds from non-federal share."
     4) Addition of a step-increase for the Fish and Wildlife Service 
     portion of the funding (was flat $1.5 million for FY 1998-2002; now 
     $1.5 million for FY 1999, $2 million for FY 2000, $2.5 million for FY 
     2001, and $3 million for FY 2002)
     5) New paragraph: "Of amounts appropriated for each fiscal year after 
     paragraph (2), funds available for administration by the Secretary of 
     the Interior may not exceed 2 percent."
     6) Section establishing a USGS/BRD Coorperative Research Unit in 
     Mr. Saxton offered a secondary amendment which would create a USGS/BRD 
     Cooperative Research Unit in New Jersey.
     Both Mr. Saxton's amendment and the Amendment in the Nature of a 
     substitute were accepted by the subcommittee.
     Markups by the full House Resources Committee and full Senate 
     Environment and Public Works Committee are scheduled for July 22.
     For more information or copies of the Amendment text, contact:
     Rochelle Sturtevant
     Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force