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Reported to House amended, Part II (10/22/1991)

Recreational Boat User Fee Relief Act - Amends Federal law to prohibit charging a fee, under specified provisions and after FY 1992, on a recreational vessel over 16 feet long, unless the receipts lost through not charging that fee exceed the receipts gained from the Automated Tariff Filing and Information System (System) fees under this Act. Regulates, in such case, any resulting recreational vessel fees.

Requires common carriers and conferences to file electronically with the Federal Maritime Commission all tariffs and essential terms of service contracts required to be filed by specified provisions of the Shipping Act, 1916 and the Intercoastal Shipping Act, 1933. Requires the Commission to make available electronically to any person all tariff information and essential terms of service contracts filed in the System database, and all tariff information in the System enhanced electronically by the Commission at any time.

Requires the Commission to charge fees for such access and copies. Exempts Federal agencies from such fees. Prohibits those fees from exceeding: (1) until after FY 1995, the amount necessary to offset receipts which are lost as a result of not charging the recreational boat fee as provided in this Act; (2) without fiscal year limitation, the costs of carrying out the System provisions of this Act; and (3) without fiscal year limitation, the amounts used to pay back the Secretary of the Treasury for the advance provided for in this Act. Prohibits, after FY 1995, charging fees for certain types of access to the System database. Requires the Commission to allow information from the System to be used, resold, or disseminated after FY 1995 without restriction or additional payment.

Provides for monetary penalties for failure to pay the fees. Sets forth procedures for implementation of automatic filing, including directing the Secretary of the Treasury to make available a specified sum as a repayable advance, to be repaid with interest by December 31, 1995, from the System fees collected. Requires deposit of fees, after repayment of that advance, in the general fund of the Treasury as offsetting receipts.

Repeals provisions of Federal law: (1) requiring, for a fee, access to copies of the System database; (2) authorizing controls on the System; and (3) allowing re-use of information without additional fees.

Specifies the applicable cost estimate of this Act, pursuant to certain provisions of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act).