A House vote this week on H.R.3210, the “Retailers and Entertainers Lacey Implementation and Enforcement Fairness” (RELIEF) Act, could give a measure of closure to controversy surrounding the Lacey Act.
On July 17, the RELIEF Act was “committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed” and has been placed on the Union Calendar, No. 439.
Sponsored by U.S. Representatives Jim Cooper (D-TN), Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and later modified by an amendment by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), the RELIEF Act exempts wood and plant products harvested before the law was amended in 2008. Other changes would limit the scope of applicable foreign laws to the preservation and conservation of trees and plants, and limit the import declaration requirement to products containing solid wood instead of composites.
The wood products industry, environmental groups, musicians, retailers and others have been divided over the Lacey Act and attempts to amend it. Whether passage of H.R.3210 brings “RELIEF” to this controversial issue will remain to be seen.
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