H. R. 6023
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 28, 2006
Mr. Weldon of Pennsylvania (for himself and Mr. Abercrombie) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To prohibit the owner of a foreign vessel having the capacity to transport more than 100 passengers from using a United States port if the owner does not notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation within 24 hours of a crime against the person of a United States citizen on the vessel, and for other purposes.
Notification of Federal Bureau of Investigation
If a citizen of the United States is the victim of a crime of violence against the person of the victim (as defined in section 16 of title 18, United States Code) while at sea on a foreign vessel (other than a ferry) that has the capacity to transport more than 100 passengers, the owner or operator of the vessel shall notify the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and shall provide to the Director all information concerning such incident, not later than 24 hours after the owner or operator becomes aware of the incident.
If the owner or operator of a foreign vessel does not notify and provide information following an incident described in section 1 within the 24-hour period required by section 1, that vessel and any other foreign vessel under the control of the owner or operator may not use a port of the United States, except during an emergency as defined by the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating.
The Attorney General shall keep statistics on the crimes reported pursuant to section 1 and shall periodically publish a report on such statistics.
Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall issue such regulations as may be necessary to carry out section 2 of this Act.
In this Act, the terms
citizen of the
United States have the meaning such terms have under section
2101 of title 46, United States Code.