Under existing law, the Alabama Cultural Resources Act prohibits the salvaging of cultural resources from the waters of this state except with a permit. The term "cultural resource" is broadly defined to include underwater items on lands under navigable waters whether or not associated with a shipwreck. A violation of this act is a criminal offense
This bill would amend the definition of cultural resources to specify cultural resources are those found with any shipwreck, would add a definition for artifacts, and would provide that it would be lawful to recover abandoned artifacts which are not cultural resources from submerged lands that are under navigable rivers in this state
To amend Sections 41-9-291 and 41-9-292 of the Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Underwater Cultural Resources Act; to amend the definition of cultural resources; to add a definition for artifacts; and to provide that it would be lawful to recover abandoned artifacts which are not cultural resources from submerged lands that are under navigable rivers in this state.
|February 7, 2012
|Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Energy and Natural Resources
|SB81 Alabama 2012 Session - Introduced