Senate Unanimously Passes Matsui Bill to Extend Critical Consumer and Safety Protections to the Traveling Public | OBSNews: Breaking Business and Politics News
The International Cruise Victims announces that the senate has passed the cruise safety bill. It now goes back to the house for final approval and then finally to the President for signature.
Congratulations to the ICV. They really wanted this legislation and I think the bill in its current form is a decent compromise for the ICV and cruise lines alike.
I still say the cruise lines were already doing most of the things mandated in this bill, but the ICV would probably disagree with me.
My gut feeling is the cruise lines wanted this go forward now because the oil spill has created a situation where our legislators could be re-examining our involvement in certain international maritime treaties. This bill would not affect that, but at least the cruise lines can say we already have legislation on the books specifically covering cruise lines - and that could help to exempt them from whatever reactionary changes may come as a result of anger with BP right now. (as an oil rig in deep water the rig is subject to the same maritime law as the cruise lines).