POSITIVE LAW CODIFICATION
TITLE 51, UNITED STATES CODE


National and Commercial Space Programs



BACKGROUND

In December 2010, Public Law 111-314 enacted a restatement of existing law relating to national and commercial space programs as a new positive law title of the United States Code. As with all positive law codification measures, the enactment of title 51, United States Code, did not create new law or change the meaning or effect of existing law. Rather, the organizational structure of the existing law was improved, and ambiguities, contradictions, and other imperfections in the law were removed. Detailed information about Public Law 111-314 is available in the accompanying House Report 111-325.


Subsequent to enactment of title 51, United States Code, additional provisions relating to national and commercial space programs were enacted. In particular, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010 (Public Law111-267) and title II of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (Public Law111-358) contained relevant provisions. A draft bill has been prepared to incorporate these new provisions into title 51, United States Code.


The bill makes revisions in title 51, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current and make technical corrections and improvements. The bill was prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel as part of its responsibility under section 205(c) of House Resolution No. 988, 93d Congress, as enacted into law by Public Law 93-554 (2 U.S.C. 285b), to prepare and submit periodically to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives proposed bills to maintain titles of the United States Code that have been enacted into positive law. For more information about the process of positive law codification generally, see the brochure Positive Law Codification in the United States Code.


MAJOR ACTIONS & STATUS

The bill has been submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives for introduction in the 114th Congress.

RELATED LINKS

(1) BILL (draft bill to update title 51, United States Code)

(2) EXPLANATION (explanation of draft bill with section-by-section summary)

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

Questions and comments about the draft bill should be directed to:


     Robert M. Sukol, Deputy Law Revision Counsel
     Office of the Law Revision Counsel
     U.S. House of Representatives
     Washington, D.C. 20515

     Email: robert.sukol@mail.house.gov
     Telephone: (202) 226-2411