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Bills Introduced

Bill Introduced for Issuance of TWIC Cards

Senator DeMint (R-SC) introduced a bill (S. 4047) to prohibit issuance of transportation security cards to individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes. The Senator explains the purpose of the bill. Source: HK Law


Bill Introduced for Homeland Security Grant Reports

Representative Weiner (D-NY) introduced a bill (H.R. 5191) to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to require, as a condition of receiving a homeland security grant, that a grant recipient submit reports on each expenditure made using grant funds. Source: HK Law


Invasive Species Research and Development Bill Introduced

Representative Ehlers (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 5395) to establish marine and freshwater research, development, and demonstration programs to support efforts to prevent, control, and eradicate invasive species, as well as to educate citizens and stakeholders and restore ecosystems. Source: HK Law


Oregon Shipbreaking Bill Introduced

State Senator Verger introduced a bill (SB 432) to allow shipbreaking in Oregon only in a graving dock or a floating drydock. If enacted, the measure would prohibit shipbreaking at a pier or slip or in any other manner that allows hazardous materials, fouling communities, or fouling organisms to enter Oregon’s territorial sea. Source: HK Law


HazMat Bill Introduced

Representative Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill (H.R. 4824) to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue regulations concerning the shipping of extremely hazardous materials. (HK Law).


Ocean Exploration Bill Introduced

Senator Stevens (R-AK) introduced a bill (S. 2280) to establish a coordinated national ocean exploration program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Source: HK Law


Harbor Maintenance Tax Allocation Bills Introduced

Senator Kerry (D-MA) and Representative Capuano (D-MA) introduced companion bills (S. 1310


Bill Introduced re DHS Appropriations

Representative Rogers (R-KY) introduced the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007 (H.R. 5441) making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for other purposes. If adopted the bill would, among other things, withhold $10 million from the Secretary until a comprehensive port, container, and cargo security strategic plan is submitted to Congress; provide $5


Homeland Security Bill Introduced

Representative Harman (D-CA) introduced the Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2007 (H.R. 4806) to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy to prevent the over-classification of homeland security and other information and to promote the sharing of unclassified homeland security and other information, and for other purposes. (HK Law)


WCI Executives Endorse Senate Waterway Bills

WCI President/CEO Michael J. Toohey

Waterways Council, Inc.’s (WCI) Executive Committee has endorsed two Senate waterways bills introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): “Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act” (S. 565) and “Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act” (WIN P3) (S. 566), co-sponsored by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL).   S. 565 would “provide for the safe and reliable navigation of the Mississippi River, and for other purposes


Senate Bill Re Oil Spill Economic Damages

Senator Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill (S. 3461) to create a fair and efficient system to resolve claims of victims for economic injury caused by the Deepwater Horizon incident, and to direct the Secretary of the Interior to renegotiate the terms of the lease known as ``Mississippi Canyon 252''


House Bill Introduced, Evidence of WWII Merchant Marine Service

Representative Butterfield (D-NC) introduced a bill (H.R. 1288) to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept additional documentation when considering the application for veterans status of an individual who performed service in the merchant marines during World War II


Maritime Pollution and Other Legislation Outlook 2012

Jonathan K. Waldron

It has been almost two years since the Deepwater Horizon incident occurred on April 20, 2010.  As a result of this incident, although there have been many bills introduced in Congress to address issues raised by this incident, as well as numerous related hearings


Key Arctic Bills Introduced by Alaska Senator

Senator Mark Begich: Photo credit Press Office

New bills introduced by US Senator Mark Begich are aimed to strengthen Arctic science, health and diplomacy. "As we face an Arctic Ocean which is increasingly ice-free, our country has both an historic opportunity and enormous challenges,” U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said


Bill Introduced to Amend DOHSA

Representative Doggett (D-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 2989) to amend provisions of title 46, United States Code, popularly known as the Death on the High Seas Act, to limit application of those provisions to maritime accidents, and for other purposes


Bill Introduced for Harbor Construction

Representative English (R-PA) introduced a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for certain harbor construction activities, and for other purposes. [Source: HK Law]


Bill Introduced to Evaluate Certain Vessel Discharges

Senator Stevens (R-AK) introduced the Vessel Discharge Evaluation and Review Act (S. 2645) to require the Commandant of the Coast Guard, in consultation with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, to conduct an evaluation and review of certain vessel discharges


Bill Debuts re: Oil Spill Liability Limits

Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced a bill (S. 2700) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to double liability limits for single-hull tankers and tank barges for 2009, and for other purposes. This bill, as introduced, is worded in a strange manner and may not have the intended effect


Bill on Shipping Investment Withdrawal Rules

Senator Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bill (S. 3359) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the shipping investment withdrawal rules in section 955 and to provide an incentive to reinvest foreign shipping earnings in the United States


Sequim Eyes Tugboat for Oil Spills

According to a Jan. 27 report from the Peninsula Daily News, oil, cargo and cruise industries would pay for a tugboat at Neah Bay under a proposed bill in the Washington state Legislature. House Bill 1409 -- which was introduced on Tuesday by 24th District Rep


Lawmakers Aim to Strengthen Oil Barge Rules

According to a March 11 report from the Cape Cod Times, a new bill designed to strengthen rules for tugboats escorting double-hulled oil barges through Buzzards Bay is the subject of a legislative hearing at the Statehouse. The bill was recently introduced by Rep. John Quinn, D-Dartmouth.


Bills on Standards Cruise Ship Discharges

Senator Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Eshoo (D-CA) introduced companion bills (S. 1820 and H.R. 3888 respectively) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish national standards for discharges from cruise vessels. (10/21/09)


Bill for Study of Arctic Deep Water Port

Representative Young (R-AK) introduced a bill (H.R. 4576) to require a study and report on the feasibility and potential of establishing a deep water sea port in the Arctic to protect and advance strategic United States interests within the evolving and ever more important region


Bill to Extend Galveston Channel

Representative Gene Green (D-TX) introduced a bill (H. R. 5329) to modify the project for navigation and environmental restoration, Houston-Galveston Navigation Channels, Texas, authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, and for other purposes


Bill to Repeal Liability Limitation of Offshore Oil

Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced a bill (H.R. 5355) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to repeal the limitation of liability of a responsible party for a discharge or substantial threat of a discharge of oil from an offshore oil facility. Official text of the bill has yet to be posted


 
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