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H.R. 6023 (109th): 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.


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 28, 2006 (Introduced).


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109th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6023

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 28, 2006

(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

A BILL

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.

1.

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.

2.

Enforcement

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.

3.

Statistics

The Attorney General shall keep statistics on the crimes reported pursuant to section 1 and shall periodically publish a report on such statistics.

4.

Regulations

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.

5.

Definitions

In this Act, the terms citizen of the United States, foreign vessel, passenger, and United States have the meaning such terms have under section 2101 of title 46, United States Code.