To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require review of the economic cost of adding a species to the list of endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House
Listing Reform Act

This bill amends the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to allow the Department of
the Interior or the Department of Commerce, as appropriate, to prioritize the
consideration of petitions to list a species as endangered or threatened other
than in the order in which the petitions are received. The appropriate
department may not give general priority to petitions to add species to the list
of endangered or threatened species over petitions to remove a species from the

The deadline for the appropriate department to decide on whether or not a
petition to list or remove a species should be granted is changed from within 12
months to as expeditiously as possible. 

The appropriate department is given the authority to preclude the listing of a
species as threatened due to the likelihood of significant, cumulative economic
effects that would result from such listing or from the likely resulting
designation of critical habitat of the species. Once a petition is precluded due
to those economic effects, the appropriate department may not reconsider that
finding unless the department: (1) determines there is endangerment of
extinction of the species; or (2) receives a new petition to add the species to
the list that includes an analyses concluding that alternative actions are
possible other than those resulting in significant, cumulative economic effects.



  • Committee Hearings Held.

    Jul 19th, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

    Jan 27th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 27th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 27th, 2017