Port-Related State Programs and Federal Legislative Issues, PRP 117
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This report, the second in a two-report series, provides an overview of port-related state programs and an assessment of the economic impacts of three legislative bills on waterborne commerce. The report is divided into five chapters, including this first chapter, the executive summary. Chapter 2 addresses port administration in various states, state agencies involved in port development, educational and funding programs, and trends in state port development and diversification. It also highlights exemplary state programs. Chapters 3, 4, and 5, respectively, assess the economic impacts of the proposed Ocean Shipping Reform Act, efforts to significantly alter the Jones Act, and the implications of the U.S. Court of International Trade ruling which found the Harbor Maintenance Tax to violate the export clause of the U.S. Constitution. Appendixes contain profiles of port activities and state programs in 30 states.