This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FIRST Step Act, the Senate's criminal justice reform bill. The text of this bill was replaced in whole on December 18, 2018 with criminal justice reform provisions. Those provisions were originally introduced in S. 2795 and H.R. 5682.
Prior to becoming the vehicle for passage of criminal justice reform, this bill was the Save Our Seas Act of 2018.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Aug 3, 2017.
Save Our Seas Act of 2017 or the SOS Act of 2017
(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Marine Debris Act to revise the Marine Debris Program to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to work with: (1) other agencies to address both land- and sea-based sources of marine debris, and (2) the Department of State and other agencies to promote international action to reduce the incidence of marine debris.
(Sec. 3) The bill also revises the program by allowing NOAA to make sums available for assisting in the cleanup and response required by severe marine debris events.
(Sec. 4) The bill urges the President to:
support funding for research and development of bio-based and other alternatives or environmentally feasible improvements to materials that reduce municipal solid waste; work with foreign countries that contribute the most to the global marine debris problem in order to find a solution to the problem; study issues related to marine debris, including the economic impacts of marine debris; and encourage the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to consider the impact of marine debris in relevant future trade agreements. (Sec. 5) The Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee must expand to include a senior official from the State Department and from the Department of the Interior.
(Sec. 6) This bill reauthorizes for FY2018-FY2022: (1) the Marine Debris Program, (2) an information clearinghouse on marine debris, and (3) enforcement of laws about discarded marine debris from ships.