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Text of the Maritime Lien Reform Act

This bill was introduced on March 17, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 17, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1210

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 17, 2011

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To provide limitations on maritime liens on fishing permits, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Maritime Lien Reform Act.

2.

Limitation on maritime liens on fishing permit and permit description

(a)

In general

Subchapter I of chapter 313 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

31310.

Limitation on maritime liens on fishing permit and permit description

(a)

In general

This chapter—

(1)

does not establish a maritime lien on a permit that—

(A)

authorizes a person or use of a vessel to engage in fishing; and

(B)

is issued under State or Federal law; and

(2)

does not authorize any civil action to enforce a maritime lien on such a permit.

(b)

Fishing permit described

A fishing permit—

(1)

is governed solely by the State or Federal law under which it was issued; and

(2)

is not included in the whole of a vessel or as an appurtenance or intangible of a vessel for any purpose.

(c)

Limitation on statutory construction

Nothing in subsections (a) and (b) shall be construed as imposing any limitation upon the authority of the Secretary of Commerce to modify, suspend, revoke, or sanction any Federal fishery permit issued by the Secretary of Commerce or to bring a civil action to enforce such modification, suspension, revocation, or sanction.

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(b)

Table of sections amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 31309 the following:

31310. Limitation on maritime liens on fishing permit and permit description.

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