H.R. 1809, A bill to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act, to provide parity for United States territories and the District of Columbia, to make technical corrections to such Acts and
As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on May 1, 2019
H.R. 1809 would change the amounts apportioned to U.S. territories and the District of Columbia under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act. Those two laws authorize the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to administer grant programs for wildlife restoration, conservation, hunter education and safety, and sport fish restoration. The grants are funded by excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, and are distributed to states and territories through an apportionment formula laid out in statute. Current law sets a maximum amount that the territories and the District of Columbia can receive. H.R. 1809 would increase those limits or remove them so that the territories and the District of Columbia could receive more funds. As a result, other states would receive less for the various grants offered under these laws.
Because H.R. 1809 would not change the total amounts collected or spent, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1809 would not affect the federal budget.