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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bill Introduced News

Many Maritime Bills Introduced

Representative Ehlers (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 50) to provide for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. (1/4/05). Representative Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced a bill (H.R. 91) to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to make grants to first responders, and for other purposes. (1/4/05). Representative Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill (H.R. 153) to provide increased rail and public transportation security. (1/4/05). Representative Millender-McDonald (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 163) to amend title 46, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to carry out an empty shipping container sealing pilot program to encourage shipping container handlers to seal empty shipping containers after they have unpacked them…

Australia Maritime Transport Security Bill Introduced

The Maritime Transport Security Bill has been introduced in the Australian Parliament. When introducing the bill, John Anderson, Minister for Transport and Regional Services, discussed (on pages 19637-19639 of the Hansard) the threat posed by terrorism and the importance of seaborne trade. As proposed, the bill would establish a regulatory framework centered around development of security plans for ships and other maritime transport operations. It would, among other things, codify the ISPS Code into domestic law. Source: HK Law

Container Security Bill Introduced

Representative Sanchez (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 4355) to strengthen port security by establishing an improved container security regime, to expand on the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, to strengthen the Coast Guard port security mission, and for other purposes. In a Media Advisory, Representative Sanchez summarized the purposes of the bill. She also released an advance copy of the bill, called the Secure Containers from Overseas and Seaports from Terrorism Act or Secure COAST Act. (HK Law).

Bill Introduced re Naval Vessel Scrapping

Representative English (R-PA) introduced a bill (H.R. 4397) to temporarily exempt scrapping of naval vessels and Maritime Administration vessels from certain environmental statutes governing handling of hazardous materials. Text of the bill is not yet available. Source: HK Law

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 Investigation of Port Facility Acquisition

Representative King (R-NY) introduced the Foreign Investment Security Improvement Act of 2006 (H.R. 4807) to require an investigation under the Defense Production Act of 1950 of the acquisition by Dubai Ports World of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, and for other purposes. This is a companion bill to S. 2333, introduced earlier by Senator Schumer. source: HK Law

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. This bill, if adopted into law, would allow recovery of nonpecuniary damages in actions for death from a maritime accident occurring on the high seas beyond 12 nautical miles from the shore of the United States. It would also be made retroactive, so as to apply to a death occurring after August 25, 2005. Source: HK Law

Bill Introduced on Crime Reporting for Cruise Ships

Representative Shays (R-CT) introduced a bill (H.R. 5707) to require the owner of a cruise ship that calls at a port in the United States to report to the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating crimes that occur on the cruise ship in which a citizen of the United States was a victim, and for other purposes. The official text of the bill is not yet available. Source: HK Law

Bill Introduced to Authorize Appropriations for the NTSB

Senator Burns (R-MT) introduced a bill (S. 3679) to authorize appropriations for the National Transportation Safety Board, and for other purposes. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation stated that it approved 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

Bill Introduced to Improve Maritime Security

Senator Stevens (R-AK) introduced the Public Transportation Terrorism Prevention Act of 2006 (S. 2791) to amend titles 46 and 49, United States Code, to provide improved maritime, rail, and public transportation security, and for other purposes. The bill, if enacted into law, would codify the Container Security Initiative and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), expand the use of interagency operations centers, and require that DHS conduct a port security user fee feasibility study. Source: HK Law

Bill Introduced to Provide for NOAA

Representative Ehlers (R-MI) introduced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Act (H.R. 5450) to provide for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. If enacted, the bill would, among other things, require the Administrator to develop a proposed reorganization plan and publish it in the Federal Register to obtain public comment. Source: HK Law

Bill Introduced to Reform DHS Science Programs

Representative Reichert (R-WA) introduced a bill (H.R. 4941) to reform the science and technology activities of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. (3/14/06). 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

Bills Introduced on Air Emissions from Ships

Senator Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Solis (D-CA) introduced the Marine Vessel Emissions Reduction Act of 2007 in companion versions (S. 1499 and H.R. 2548 respectively) to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution from marine vessels. The bills, if enacted into law, would wholly ignore MARPOL Annex VI and impose unilateral standards for sulfur levels in marine fuels and require advanced marine vessel emission controls on new and in-use marine engines. Source: HK Law

Bill Introduced on Vessel Hull Design Protection

Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill (S. 1640) to amend chapter 13 of title 17, United States Code (relating to the vessel hull design protection), to clarify the definitions of a hull and a deck Source: HK Law

Bill Introduced on Siting of LNG Terminals

Representative Ruppersberger (D-MD) introduced a bill (H.R. 2042) to amend the Natural Gas Act to modify a provision relating to the siting, construction, expansion, and operation of liquefied natural gas terminals, and for other purposes. Source: HK Law

Bill Introduced on Port Security

Senator Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill (S. 2333) to require an investigation under the Defense Production Act of 1950 of the acquisition by Dubai Ports World of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, and for other purposes. 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

Bill Introduced on Homeland Security Outreach

Representative Rogers (R-AL) introduced a bill (H.R. 4433) to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct outreach to and consult with members of the private sector with respect to the Secure Border Initiative and for purposes of strengthening security along the international and maritime borders of the United States. Source: HK Law

Harbor Fee Bill Introduced

Representative Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 494) to amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 to expand the authority of non-Federal interests to levy harbor fees. (HK LAW)

Bills Introduced to Import Port Security

Representative Harman (D-CA) and Senator Collins (R-ME) introduced companion bills (H.R. 1731 and S. 855) to improve the security of the Nation’s ports by providing Federal grants to support Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans and to address vulnerabilities in port areas identified in approved vulnerability assessments or by the Secretary of Homeland Security. (HK Law)

Bill introduced re harbor maintenance tax exemption

Representative Weldon (R-FL) introduced the Short Sea Shipping Tax Exemption Act of 2005 (H.R. 3319) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption from the harbor maintenance tax for certain shipping between United States mainland ports. If enacted into law, this bill would exempt certain U.S short-sea shipping (basically that involving containerized and ro-ro cargo) from the harbor maintenance tax. (HK Law)

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