Tuesday, September 13, 2011

HR 2846 Introduced – Maritime SAR Immunity

Last week Rep. Rigell (R,VA) introduced HR 2846, the Suspected Maritime Activities Reporting of Terrorism (SMART) Immunity Act. The bill would extend the suspicious activity reporting immunity provisions currently found in 6 USC §1104 to non-passenger maritime vessels and facilities.

The current version of §1104 provides SAR immunity for reports about suspicious activity involving or directed against “a passenger transportation system or vehicle” {§1104(d)(2)}. This bill would revise that by keeping the current ‘transportation system’ language as subparagraph (A) and adding a subparagraph (B) that would address vessels, maritime facilities, ports and waterways “whether or not a passenger is threatened”.

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