SB 63

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2019
Title
Underwater Cultural Resources Act, definition of cultural resources, items eligible for, or listed in, the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Hertiage deleted, Sec. 41-9-291 am'd.
Description

Under existing law, the Alabama Underwater Cultural Resources Act requires a permit from the Alabama Historical Commission to explore or excavate underwater cultural resources. Violations are subject to criminal penalties. Cultural resources are defined to include all abandoned shipwrecks or remains of those ships and all underwater treasures and artifacts that are contained in or on submerged lands belonging to the State of Alabama, have remained unclaimed for 50 years, and are eligible for, or listed in, the National Register of Historic Places or the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage

This bill would delete items that are eligible for, or listed in, the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage from the definition of cultural resources

To amend Section 41-9-291, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Underwater Cultural Resources Act, to amend the definition of cultural resources to delete the language that includes items that are eligible for, or listed in, the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Subjects
Historical Commission
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Under existing law, the Alabama Underwater Cultural Resources Act requires a permit from the Alabama Historical Commission to explore or excavate underwater cultural resources. Violations are subject to criminal penalties. Cultural resources are defined to include all abandoned shipwrecks or remains of those ships and all underwater treasures and artifacts that are contained in or on submerged lands belonging to the State of Alabama, have remained unclaimed for 50 years, and are eligible for, or listed in, the National Register of Historic Places or the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage

This bill would delete items that are eligible for, or listed in, the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage from the definition of cultural resources

To amend Section 41-9-291, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Underwater Cultural Resources Act, to amend the definition of cultural resources to delete the language that includes items that are eligible for, or listed in, the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Section 1

Section 41-9-291, Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows:

§41-9-291.

As used in this division, the following terms shall have the following meanings: (1) COMMISSION. The Alabama Historical Commission, acting as the custodian of cultural resources for the State of Alabama.

(2) CONTRACTOR. Any individual, company, corporation, or private or public institution determined by the commission to be appropriately qualified and has applied for and received a permit or contract from the commission to begin exploration or excavation activities in state-owned waters.

(3) CULTURAL RESOURCES. All abandoned shipwrecks or remains of those ships and all underwater archaeological treasures, artifacts, treasure troves, or other cultural articles and materials, whether or not associated with any shipwreck, that are contained in or on submerged lands belonging to the State of Alabama and the sea within the jurisdiction of the state, and that have remained unclaimed for more than 50 years, excluding therefrom sunken logs, cants, and timber resources of any other type not associated as part of a shipping vessel, and are eligible for, or listed in, the National Register of Historic Places or the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

(4) EXCAVATION. The study and intentional removal from submerged land belonging to the state, by accepted scientific methods, of any objects recognized as cultural resources.

(5) EXPLORATION. The systematic examination by actual survey of an area of submerged land belonging to the state for the purpose of locating and recognizing cultural resources.

(6) SUBMERGED LANDS. Lands under navigable waterways owned or controlled by the State of Alabama.

(7) TREASURE TROVE. Any gold bullion, gold ingots, gold dust, silver bars, and other precious metals or stones."

Section 2

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 5, 2019SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Governmental Affairs