ALERT: Lacey Act Amendment 2021 - Mar 12, 2021

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has introduced Senate Bill 626 (S626). This is a bill that would reverse the USARK federal lawsuit victory by reinstating the ban on interstate transportation of species listed as injurious under the Lacey Act. While the text has not been posted, the bill title clearly states the intent: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to enhance protections against the importation, and transport between States, of injurious species, and for other purposes.

In our landmark court decision, four federal judges agreed that USARK was correct and that the Lacey Act (Title 18 Section 42) did not ban interstate transportation of injurious species based on the original language of the Lacey Act and the intent of Congress. As a result of this fight for our members and the herpetocultural community, this meant animals domestically bred under human care could be moved and sold across state lines (within the continental United States). For herpetoculturists’ concerns, this included a few species of constrictor snakes and a long list of salamanders. The bill may also contain an “emergency designation” authority for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to list species as injurious under the Lacey Act.

Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) is a co-sponsor. S626 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

We will post additional information soon.


Politicians have to much time on their hands instead of working for the people. Rubio’s probably never even touched a reptile.


My dad pointed out that in the beginning of America, politicians had their own businesses and lives at home and just went to Washington, D.C. for a few days or whatever to do what they needed to do before going home again. Now, politics is a full-time job. So, Congress keeps making new laws because they have nothing else to do.

Needless to say, I think we should go back to how things used to be so rubbish like this doesn’t happen (or at least doesn’t happen nearly as often).


It should be legal to cut politicians pay if they do not serve the people appropriately…But of course that would never happen.

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No not with the country we live in, definitely won’t happen. And depending who you ask, you’ll get a different answer to if they are serving us appropriately. Do I think so no, but many think they do which is the problem but also we have the freedom to think as we like which is important.