Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bills Introduced – 06-20-16

With the Senate in full session and the House meeting in pro forma yesterday there were 16 bills introduced. Only one of those may be of interest to readers of this blog:

HR 5531 To amend title 46, United States Code, to improve maritime transportation, and for other purposes. Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]

This is the bill that I mentioned yesterday as being scheduled for markup on Thursday. In that post I suggested that the bill might include maritime security provisions. A draft copy of the proposed bill is available on the Committee web site. There are no maritime security provisions but there is a requirement for the Coast Guard to establish a land-based “land-based positioning, navigation, and timing system [emphasis added] to provide a complement to and backup for the Global Positioning System” {new 46 USC 80701(a)}. The current language does not mention the fact some SCADA systems use the GPS timing system for control system synchronization, it would be nice if that were specifically addressed in the bill.

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