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The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1481, the Great Lakes
Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act on September 23, 1998.
The manager's amendment passed by the House differs in a few points
from the version passed by the House Resources committee on August 5,
1) Language attached to the bill by the Subcommittee which authorized
USGS/BRD Cooperative Research Units for the States of Michigan and New
Jersey were removed from the bill. Colloquy between Mr. Kildee (MI)
and Mr. Gilchrest on the floor of the House indicated the committee
and subcommittee willingness to revisit the issue of Cooperative
Research Units in future legislation.
2) Throughout the bill, vestment of the oversight authority (call for
proposals, setting forth the form for proposals, final selection and
funding of proposals) for the program was moved from the Secretary of
the Interior back to the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service (as
in the original version introduced by Congressman LaTourette).
3) The proposal review committee will make its recommendations
directly to the Director of the Fish and Wildife Service (as in the
original bill) rather than to the Council of Lake Committee who then
make recommendations to the Director (as in the Committee passed
bill); however, the proposal review committee will operate under the
guidance of the Council of Lake Committees.
4) The authorization of appropriations was extended from 2003 through
In additional floor colloquy, Rep. Gilchrest noted that among the 32
Recommendations of the Great Lakes Fishery Resources Restoration Study
(priorities for proposal selection) is the recommendation that a study
be conducted on the effects of cormorant predation on the fish
population. This issue has been of considerable concern to several
members of the House in recent months.
For additional information, background or copies of legislation
Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force