WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), welcomed the Honorable Matt Mead, governor of Wyoming, to the committee. Mead was testifying before the committee at a legislative hearing on discussion draft legislation, the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018.
The legislative hearing focused on draft legislation released by Barrasso reauthorizing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the first time since 1992. It emphasizes elevating the role of states and increasing transparency in the implementation of the ESA. It also prioritizes resources to better meet conservation goals and provides regulatory certainty to promote conservation and recovery activities. The draft bill has received broad support from stakeholders, state and local governments, and conservation organizations.