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S. 1992: Open America’s Ports Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 9, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1992

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 9, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To adjust certain ownership and other requirements for passenger vessels, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Open America's Ports Act.

2.

Repeal of PVSA and adjustment of Jones Act requirements for passenger vessels

(a)

Repeal of PVSA domestic requirements

Section 55103 of title 46, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886), is repealed.

(b)

Adjustment of Jones Act requirements

Chapter 121 of title 46, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in section 12103, by adding at the end the following:

(d)

Nonapplicability

The requirements of this section shall not apply to any vessel that transports passengers between ports or places in the United States to which the coastwise laws apply, either directly or via a foreign port.

;

(2)

in section 12112(a)—

(A)

in paragraph (1), by inserting except in the case of a vessel described in subparagraph (C) of paragraph (2), before satisfies; and

(B)

in paragraph (2)—

(i)

in subparagraph (A), by striking or after the semicolon;

(ii)

in subparagraph (B)(iii), by striking ; and and inserting ; or; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following:

(C)

transports passengers between ports or places in the United States to which the coastwise laws apply, either directly or via a foreign port; and

; and

(3)

in section 12121(b), by striking 55102, and 55103 and inserting and 55102.

(c)

Adjustment of citizenship and Navy Reserve requirements

Section 8103(k) of title 46, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(k)

Exemption for passenger vessels

Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply to any vessel that transports passengers between ports or places in the United States to which the coastwise laws apply, either directly or via a foreign port.

.

(d)

Conforming amendments

Chapter 551 of title 46, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by repealing section 55104; and

(2)

in section 55121—

(A)

in the section heading, by striking and passengers;

(B)

by striking subsection (a);

(C)

by striking (b) and all that follows through States.—; and

(D)

by striking sections 55102 and 55103 of this title do and inserting section 55102 of this title does.

3.

Adjustments relating to permits to land temporarily for alien crewmen

Section 252(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1282(a)) is amended, in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking not to exceed— and all that follows through the period at the end of paragraph (2) and inserting “not to exceed the period of time during which the crewman is in possession of a valid, unexpired visa issued pursuant to such paragraph, if the immigration officer is satisfied that the crewman intends to depart—

(1)

on the vessel or aircraft on which the crewman arrived; or

(2)

on a vessel or aircraft other than the vessel or aircraft on which the crewman arrived.

.

4.

Rule of construction

Nothing in the amendments made by this Act shall be construed to exempt a vessel that transports passengers between ports or places in the United States to which the coastwise laws apply, either directly or via a foreign port, from any applicable law of the United States except as explicitly provided in such amendments.