There is currently within the US House of Representatives a bill titled The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act. The stated purpose of this Act is “to establish a risk assessment process to prevent the introduction into, and establishment in, the United States of nonnative wildlife species that will cause or are likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to other animal species’ health or human health”.
H.R. 669 was introduced into the US House of Representatives on Jan 26, 2009 by Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) ,U.S. Delegate, Guam At Large. Del. Bordallo, is a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and sits on the Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee.
On April 24, 2009, this subcommittee help public hearings on this bill. As a result of those hearings, the bill was referred back to the subcommittee for more information. Its current status at this time remains “Referred to Committee“.
Like most legislation, H.R. 669 sadly requires translation. Not exactly what Thomas Jefferson had in mind, to be sure…
Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 1823
And, perhaps, what was worse, the readily apparent lack of knowledge of the very Act under review on the part of the individuals reviewing this legislation that would affect so many Americans.