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Rubio Reintroduces Legislation to Prevent Importation of Invasive Species

May 16, 2023 | Press Releases

Limiting the importation of not-previously-traded species before they have been assessed for invasiveness, and restricting the transport of known invasive species in interstate commerce, are two essential tools to slow the increased pressure from invasive species that already strain the financial and human resource response capabilities of both federal and state governments, and burden local economies.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced the Lacey Act Amendments of 2023 to address oversights in existing legal authority to prevent the importation of potentially-invasive species. 

  • “Florida is home to delicate ecosystems, and sadly, we have seen firsthand how ecologically devastating invasive species can be. Invasive species, including the Burmese python, Argentine tegu lizard, Giant African snail, and many others, threaten to decimate Florida’s native plants and animals. We must prevent the introduction of new, injurious species. I am proud to reintroduce this legislation, which would provide new tools for fighting invasive species. I remain committed to championing legislation that protects, improves, and restores Florida’s water quality and environment so that Florida’s ecosystems can be preserved for generations to come.”  – Senator Rubio

The legislation would correct the negative impacts of a 2017 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that diminished the ability of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to manage the establishment and spread of invasive species in the United States. The bill would also grant authority for emergency designation of species that pose an imminent threat and provide authority to prohibit importation of wildlife species until they have been assessed for injuriousness. The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution charges Congress with regulating commerce between the states and with foreign nations. 

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