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This report provides an overview of state programs related to ports and an assessment of the economic impacts of three legislative bills on waterborne commerce. The overview includes port administration in various states, state agencies involved in port development and educational and funding programs, and trends in state port development and diversification. The economic assessment portion looks at 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 that found the Harbor Maintenance Tax to violate the export clause of the U.S. Constitution. Appendixes include profiles of port activities and state programs in 30 states.
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