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S. 1485 (112th): Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2011

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 2, 2011 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 1485


August 2, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Heller, Mr. Bingaman, and Mrs. Feinstein) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to include ultralight vehicles under the definition of aircraft for purposes of the aviation smuggling provisions under that Act, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may cited as the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2011.


Amendments to the aviation smuggling provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930


In general

Section 590 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1590) is amended—


by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and


by inserting after subsection (f) the following:


Definition of aircraft

As used in this section, the term aircraft includes an ultralight vehicle, as defined by the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.



Criminal penalties

Subsection (d) of section 590 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1590(d)) is amended in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting , or attempts or conspires to commit, after commits.


Effective date

The amendments made by this section apply with respect to violations of any provision of section 590 of the Tariff Act of 1930 on or after the 30th day after the date of the enactment of this Act.


Interagency collaboration

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering shall, in consultation with the Under Secretary for Science and Technology of the Department of Homeland Security, identify equipment and technology used by the Department of Defense that could also be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to detect and track the illicit use of ultralight aircraft near the international border between the United States and Mexico.