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house Bill H.R. 3533

Allowing States to Opt Out of Endangered Species Acts Regulations (House Bill)

Argument in favor

Would aid community growth and free up land for development.

Argument opposed

The continued existence of endangered species matters more than new malls and subdivisions.

What is House Bill H.R. 3533?

This bill would allow states to opt out of the regulations set by Endangered Species Act. The bill:

  • bars the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing any new species as endangered without approval from state governors, and would also require joint approval for any new listing from both the House and Senate;
  • mandates that Fish and Wildlife must respond to any development proposal that might come into conflict with Endangered Species Act provisions within 90 days. If Fish and Wildlife does not respond in that timeframe, the project would be okayed, and;
  • allows state governors to take over all management of species that occur only in their state. 


This bill impacts both present and future species protected by the Endangered Species Act, and land set aside as habitat for such species.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3533

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

More Information


Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act

Official Title

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedNovember 19th, 2013
    We must protect the planet we live in and respect the other species that live with us.
    Like (1)
    States should not be allowed to override or not support the Endangered Species Act. Once these protected animals and plants are gone, they are gone forever. Humans do not have a full understanding of how our delicate ecosystems function and any of these animals or plants may be playing a crucial role. We do not have ways of fully understanding or comprehending what their loss might mean until it is far too late. Saving these species in the long run is more valuable than freeing up land for development and potential profit of few.
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    Vote no
    No It’s has saved so many animals from being gone forever Save our Eco- systems
    We need to protect these species and the land they depend on. We need to fight back against these administration's sinister attacks on our planet and its inhabitants.