H.R.820 - Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2000106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Shuster, Bud [R-PA-9] (Introduced 02/24/1999)|
|Committees:||House - Transportation and Infrastructure | Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation|
|Committee Reports:||H. Rept. 106-51|
|Latest Action:||10/11/2000 Conference held. (All Actions)|
|Major Recorded Votes:||03/17/1999 : Passed House|
This bill has the status Resolving Differences
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Summary: H.R.820 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2000 - Title I: Authorization - Authorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal year (FY) 2000 for: (1) operation and maintenance; (2) acquisition, construction, rebuilding, and improvement of aids to navigation, shore and offshore facilities, vessels, and aircraft (requiring that a specified amount be available for the construction and acquisition of a replacement vessel for the Cutter MACKINAW); (3) research, development, testing, and evaluation; (4) retired pay, payments under the Retired Serviceman's Family Protection and Survivor Benefit Plans, and payments for medical care of retired personnel and their dependents; (5) environmental compliance and restoration at Coast Guard facilities; and (6) alteration or removal of bridges constituting obstructions to navigation. Authorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard for FY 2002, requiring that a specified amount be available for construction or acquisition of a replacement vessel for the Cutter MACKINAW.
Passed Senate amended (07/27/2000)
(Sec. 102) Authorizes, for FY 2000, the Coast Guard end-of-year strength for active duty personnel and its average military training student loads.
(Sec. 103) Authorizes appropriations, for FY 2001-2002, to the Department of Transportation, in addition to funds authorized for the Coast Guard for operation of the LORAN-C system, for capital expenses related to LORAN-C navigation infrastructure. Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to transfer funds from the Federal Aviation Administration and other agencies of the department to reimburse the Coast Guard for related expenses.
(Sec. 104) Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation, notwithstanding any other provision of law, to accept, by direct transfer without cost, for use by the Coast Guard primarily for expanded drug interdiction activities required to meet national supply reduction goals, up to seven PC-170 patrol craft from the Department of Defense if it offers to transfer such craft. Authorizes appropriations to the Coast Guard for the conversion, operation, and maintenance of, personnel to operate and support, and shoreside infrastructure requirements for, up to seven patrol craft.
(Sec. 105) Authorizes the Coast Guard to operate and maintain a Caribbean Support Tender (or similar vessel) to provide technical assistance, including law enforcement training, for foreign coast guards, navies, and other maritime services.
Title II: Personnel Management - Limits the director of the Coast Guard band to the rank of captain (currently, commander).
(Sec. 202) Adds the Secretary of Transportation (when the Coast Guard is not operating under the Department of the Navy) to the required members of the Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO).
(Sec. 203) Authorizes compensatory absence from duty for military Coast Guard personnel serving at isolated duty stations (currently, at isolated aids to navigation) in certain circumstances.
(Sec. 204) Allows a promotion selection board to recommend officers of particular merit for placement at the top of the list of selectees and requires, if approved by the President, placement of those officers (in seniority order) at the top of the list.
(Sec. 205) Authorizes the Coast Guard Commandant to establish a Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees to provide advice to the Commandant and the Academy's Superintendent on the Academy's operation and programs. Makes the Federal Advisory Committee Act inapplicable to the Board.
(Sec. 206) Authorizes special pay rates for officers in the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve designated as physician assistants.
(Sec. 207) Authorizes the Commandant to suspend payment of retired pay of a service member or former member while the member willfully remains outside the United States to avoid criminal prosecution or civil liability.
(Sec. 208) Extends the Coast Guard's authority to enter into transactions under provisions relating to Coast Guard housing.
Title III: Marine Safety - Amends the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Act to revise requirements regarding the waters on which vessels, dredges, and floating plants must carry a radiotelephone.
(Sec. 302) Prohibits the Coast Guard from planning or implementing decommissioning of WYTL-class harbor tugs unless it has procured sufficient replacement assets to remediate any icebreaking services degradation caused by the decommissioning.
(Sec. 303) Ends a requirement of annual reports regarding all transfers to and expenditures from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
(Sec. 304) Allows the Coast Guard to borrow a limited amount from the Fund when the limit of $50 million in unappropriated funds is inadequate to deal with a discharge or threatened discharge. Mandates repayment to the Fund when, and to the extent that, removal costs are recovered from responsible parties.
(Sec. 305) Amends Federal law relating to vessels and seamen to: (1) authorize, in certain circumstances, issuance of interim merchant mariner's documents valid for a period not over 120 days; and (2) exempt, with regard to those employed as entertainment personnel with no duties, including emergency duties, related to navigation or safety of the vessel, crew, cargo, or passengers, a passenger vessel that is not engaged in a foreign voyage from a requirement that a vessel employee have a merchant mariner's document.
(Sec. 306) Increases the civil fine limit for negligent vessel operation or interfering with safe vessel operation.
(Sec. 307) Amends Federal law (popularly known as the "Death on the High Seas Act") to make that Act inapplicable to the death of certain individuals on vessels on the high seas 12 nautical miles or closer to the shore of any State, the District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories or dependencies. Allows nonpecuniary but prohibits punitive damages in the case of deaths on the high seas more than 12 nautical miles from shore.
Title IV: Renewal of Advisory Groups - Renames the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee as the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee and modifies Committee requirements to involve the Commandant of the Coast Guard. Extends the Committee's termination date.
(Sec. 402) Involves the Commandant and extends the termination date by amending: (1) the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1991 regarding the Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee and the Lower Mississippi River Waterway Advisory Committee; (2) Federal law relating to vessels and seamen regarding the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee; (3) the Inland Navigational Rules Act of 1980 regarding the Navigation Safety Advisory Council; and (4) Federal law relating to navigation and navigable waters regarding the Towing Safety Advisory Committee.
Title V: Miscellaneous - Requires the Commandant to report to a specified congressional committee on actions the Coast Guard has taken to implement the recommendations in a specified National Transportation Safety Board report.
(Sec. 502) Authorizes conveyance, without consideration: (1) to the Gulf of Maine Aquarium Development Corporation of the Naval Reserve Pier property (exclusive of floating docks) in Portland, Maine; and (2) to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the Coast Guard Station Scituate. Exempts both transfers from requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and the Steward B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. Imposes other requirements. Authorizes the Coast Guard to lease and improve land for relocating the Scituate Station.
(Sec. 504) Requires the Coast Guard to: (1) study existing local harbor safety coordinating committees in the United States regarding cooperation with interested groups, organizational models, technological assistance, and recurring resources; and (2) test the feasibility of expanding the harbor safety committee concept to small and medium-sized ports not generally served by such a committee by establishing one or more prototype committees. Makes the Federal Advisory Committee Act inapplicable to harbor safety committees established under any provision of law.
(Sec. 505) Amends the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998 to extend one of the termination dates of provisions requiring the enforcement of the United States Coast Guard 1997 Enforcement Policy for Cargo Residues on the Great Lakes (regulating incidental discharges from vessels of residues of dry bulk cargo into Great Lakes waters under U.S. jurisdiction).
(Sec. 506) Requires the conveyance authorized by Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998 of Point Retreat Light Station, Alaska, to the Alaska Lighthouse Association, within three months after enactment of this Act, notwithstanding any other provision of law other than specified provisions of that Act.
(Sec. 507) Authorizes the transfer of limited funds to the Traverse City Area Public School District for demolition and removal of the structure commonly known as "Building 402" at former Coast Guard property located in Traverse City, Michigan, and associated site work.
(Sec. 508) Authorizes conveyance to Lake County, California, without consideration, of a described property involving a portion of the Coast Guard Loran Station Middletown reported to the General Services Administration as excess property.
Title VI: Jones Act Waivers - Authorizes, notwithstanding specified Federal laws, issuance of a certificate of documentation with a coastwise endorsement for eight named vessels.
Title VII: Certain Alaskan Cruise Ship Operations - Regulates the discharge of untreated sewage, treated sewage, and graywater by a cruise vessel operating in Alexander Archipelago waters, Alaska. Makes knowing violation a class D felony. Imposes a civil monetary fine for violations and makes violating vessels liable in rem.