IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 23, 2010
Mr. McCain (for himself and Mr. Risch) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To repeal the Jones Act restrictions on coastwise trade, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Open America's Waters
Repeal of Jones Act limitations on coastwise trade
Section 12112(a) of title 46, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
A coastwise endorsement may be issued for a vessel that qualifies under the laws of the United States to engage in the coastwise trade.
Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard shall issue regulations to implement the amendment made by subsection (a). Such regulations shall require that a vessel permitted to engaged in the coastwise trade meets all appropriate safety and security requirements.
Tank vessel construction standards
Section 3703a(c)(1)(C) of title 46, United
States Code, is amended by striking
Coast Guard and is qualified for
documentation as a wrecked vessel under section 12112 of this title.
Liquified gas tankers
Section 12120 of title 46, United States Code, is amended
United States, and all that follows and inserting
Small passenger vessels
Section 12121(b) of title 46, United States Code, is
amended by striking
Loss of coastwise trade privileges
Section 12132 of title 46, United States Code, is repealed.
Table of sections
The table of sections for chapter 121 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 12132.