Text: S.3377 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (07/31/2008)


110th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3377


To amend title 46, United States Code, to waive the biometric transportation security card requirement for certain small business merchant mariners, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 31, 2008

Mr. Coleman (for himself, Ms. Collins, and Mr. Lieberman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To amend title 46, United States Code, to waive the biometric transportation security card requirement for certain small business merchant mariners, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Small Marine Business and Fishing Guide Relief Act of 2008”.

SEC. 2. Waiver of biometric transportation security card requirement for certain small business merchant mariners.

(a) In general.—Section 70105 (b)(2) of title 46, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (B), by inserting “and serving under the authority of such license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariners document on a vessel for which the owner or operator of such vessel is required to submit a vessel security plan under section 70103(c) of this title” before the semicolon;

(2) by striking subparagraph (D); and

(3) by redesignating subparagraphs (E), (F), and (G) as subparagraphs (D), (E), and (F), respectively.

(b) Report.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to Congress a report that contains the following:

(1) A list of the locations that provide service to individuals seeking to obtain or renew a license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariners document under part E of subtitle II of title 46, United States Code.

(2) An assessment of the feasibility of accepting applications for licenses, certificates of registry, and merchant mariner documents described in paragraph (1) and any applicant biometrics required therefor at the Transportation Worker Identification Credential enrollment facilities or mobile enrollment centers of the Department of Homeland Security.

(3) An assessment of the administrative feasibility of verifying that an individual has obtained a biometric transportation security card issued under section 70105 of title 46, United States Code, and is serving under the authority of a license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariners document described in paragraph (1) on a vessel for which the owner or operator of such vessel is not required to submit a vessel security plan under section 70103(e) of such title to provide such individual a refund of any fees paid by such individual to obtain such biometric transportation security card.

(4) An assessment of the administrative feasibility of verifying that an individual has obtained a biometric transportation security card described in paragraph (3) and is serving under the authority of a license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariners document described in paragraph (1) on a vessel described in paragraph (3) to provide such individual a credit towards the renewal of such license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariners document that is equal to the amount of fees paid by such individual for such biometric transportation security card.