S. 1324, the Captive Primate Safety Act

Cost Estimate
July 9, 2012

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on June 21, 2012

S. 1324 would amend the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate and foreign trade of nonhuman primates. The legislation also would authorize the appropriation of $3 million a year over the 2013-2015 period for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to carry out that act. Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing S. 1324 would cost $9 million over the 2013-2015 period. The legislation could increase revenues and associated direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates that any such changes would be insignificant.

S. 1324 contains no intergovernmental mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.

S. 1324 would impose a private-sector mandate, as defined in UMRA, on certain entities that handle nonhuman primates. CBO expects that the aggregate direct cost of the mandate would fall well below the annual threshold established in UMRA for private-sector mandates ($146 million in 2012, adjusted annually for inflation).