A bill (H.R. 3788) introduced by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) would require the Coast Guard to develop and implement a secure, long-range automated vehicle tracking system. The system would be used to reroute vessels and maritime cargo in case of an emergency.
A new law (formerly H.B. 283) addresses inconsistences between state and federal port security regulations. In 2000, Florida enacted a port security law to address criminal activity in the state’s seaports. However, the federal seaport security standards enacted after the 9-11 attacks, preempted some aspects of the state’s provisions. The ports were also duplicating their efforts on some measures.