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Text of A bill to amend title 46, United States Code, with respect to the navigation of submersible or semi-submersible vessels without ...

...semi-submersible vessels without nationality.

This bill was introduced on June 25, 2008, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 25, 2008 (Introduced).

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S 3198 IS

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3198

To amend title 46, United States Code, with respect to the navigation of submersible or semi-submersible vessels without nationality.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 25, 2008

Mr. LAUTENBERG (for himself, Mr. SMITH, Ms. CANTWELL, and Ms. SNOWE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To amend title 46, United States Code, with respect to the navigation of submersible or semi-submersible vessels without nationality.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. OPERATION OF SUBMERSIBLE OR SEMI-SUBMERSIBLE VESSEL WITHOUT NATIONALITY.

    (a) FINDING AND DECLARATION- Section 70501 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by inserting ‘(1)’ after ‘that’; and

      (2) by striking ‘States.’ and inserting ‘States and (2) operating or embarking in a submersible or semi-submersible vessel without nationality and on an international voyage is a serious international problem, facilitates transnational crime, including drug trafficking, and terrorism, and presents a specific threat to the safety of maritime navigation and the security of the United States.’.

    (b) SUBMERSIBLE OR SEMI-SUBMERSIBLE VESSEL DEFINED- Section 70502 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following:

    ‘(f) SUBMERSIBLE OR SEMI-SUBMERSIBLE VESSEL- The term ‘submersible or semi-submersible vessel’ means--

      ‘(1) a vessel that is capable of operating below the surface of the water, including both manned and unmanned watercraft; or

      ‘(2) a watercraft constructed or adapted to be capable of putting much of its bulk under the surface of the water.’.

    (c) Operation Prohibited-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Section 70503(a) of title 46, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

    ‘(a) IN GENERAL- An individual may not knowingly or intentionally--

      ‘(1) manufacture or distribute, or possess with intent to manufacture or distribute, a controlled substance on board--

        ‘(A) a vessel of the United States or a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; or

        ‘(B) any vessel if the individual is a citizen of the United States or a resident alien of the United States; or

      ‘(2) operate by any means or embark in any submersible or semi-submersible vessel that is without nationality and that is navigating or has navigated into, through or from waters beyond the outer limit of the territorial sea of a single country or a lateral limit of that country’s territorial sea with an adjacent country.’.

      (2) Conforming amendments-

        (A) The heading for section 70503 of title 46, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

‘Sec. 70503. Offenses’.

        (B) The chapter analysis for chapter 705 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 70503 and inserting the following:

      ‘70503. Offenses’.