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House bill would extend fishing safety grant programs

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Fishing safety grant programs would be extended for two years under legislation readied for a House vote. Last week, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure reported the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. 4005), which was placed on the Union Calendar so the House can vote on it.

The bill would extend the Fishing Safety Training Grant Program and the Fishing Safety Research Grant Program through FY 16. Both are scheduled to expire at the end of September.

The bill would also clarify “that federal law does not preempt state regulation of fishing permits under certain conditions.” It also would clarify “that a fishing permit is not an appurtenance to a vessel and therefore not subject to a maritime lien.”

You can read the report on the bill at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/T?&report=hr384&dbname=113&.

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