23 June 2009

Bill would provide civilian mariners with immunity in the injury or death of pirates

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) introduced legislation last Friday to grant immunity to civilian mariners who "wound or kill" pirates during an attack. HR 2984, the United States Mariner and Vessel Protection Act of 2009 which can be found here would also increase the U.S. Coast Guard's role in providing defense to American-flagged ships in known pirate waters. The bill has three Republican cosponsors: Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC), Rep. John Mica (R-Fl) and Rep. Don Young (R-Ak). Rep. LoBiondo issued a press release here. HR 2984 has been referred to both the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the House Committee on Homeland Security.

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